Now why would the Yankees want Wells?
Well, here are some Wells- facts to sleep on:
- 2006 signed to a 7-year, $126 million contract with Blue Jays; is considered the worst contracts in MLB history, yes even worse than A-rod.
- Wells still has 2-years and $42 million left on his contract.
- He went on the DL on May 21, 2012 and needed surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Wells missed about 10 weeks.
- He is 34-years old, so he is no Spring chicken.
To say that Wells is on the decline is an understatement as he has been pretty much useless in LA.
Here are his stats since joining the Angels (all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com):
2011 131 505 60 110 15 4 25 66 9 20 86 0.218 0.248 0.412 8
2012 77 243 36 56 9 0 11 29 3 16 35 0.230 0.279 0.403 5
LAA (2 yrs) 208 748 96 166 24 4 36 95 12 36 121 0.222 0.258 0.409 13
Another reason the Yankees should avoid this Wells-trade is that he posted a .118 BA in RISP in 2012, which was a HUGE problem area for the Yankees and that number will not help the cause.
So wait… why would the Yankees want Wells?
He comes cheap.
Wells has been so unproductive that the Angels know they would have to eat pretty much all the $42 million just to get him out-of-town.
And everyone in baseball knows whose feathers that would rattle, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Hal would love to fill the team’s fourth outfielder vacancy with some so-so prospects, while not having to pay a cent regardless of how incompetent the player was coming in.
Sadly, my above conclusion came from the many insider tweets confirming that the Yankees and Angels have already been talking about a deal to that would bring Wells to the Bronx.
Yankees, Angels talked Vernon Wells. http://t.co/42Id1ebE— YES Network (@YESNetwork) December 16, 2012
#angels would have to eat "almost all'' the $42M thru '14 on vernon wells for yanks to take him. nothing close yet.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 16, 2012
Bottom-line is before the Yankees opt to acquire Wells for the next two years, someone might want to tell Hal and Co that this would guarantee the already ensuing fan revolt of definitely happening in 2013.