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Yankees Hot Stove: Vernon not so Wells

The Los Angeles Angels are supposedly shopping outfielder Vernon Wells, and the New York Yankees are rumored to be the team who is very interested.

Vernon Wells in 2009

Vernon Wells in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

-       Traded to LA in 2011 for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera, it was deemed a terrible move.

-       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):

Year
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
GDP
2011131505601101542566920860.2180.2480.4128
2012772433656901129316350.2300.2790.4035
LAA (2 yrs)20874896166244369512361210.2220.2580.40913
Vernon Wells - Batting Stats - 2011-2012

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.

[tweet https://twitter.com/mlbtraderumors/status/280119465499303937]

[tweet https://twitter.com/YESNetwork/status/280337025306087424]

[tweet https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/280342110975188992]

[tweet https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/280098340790734848]

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.




26 Comments

  1. richard says:

    Drama Queen strikes again. Amazing that I get the same "Inside Tweets". Cash talks to everyone, in the lobby, in the bathroom etc – So What?.

    • LLP says:

      Oh please. The Yankees are in trouble and will not be a contender in 2013. If they happen to slip into the playoffs via WC #2 they will get smoked again and that is just fact. Adding another over-paid superstar to the roster that has not has success in the the last 2-years is a waste of time.
      I would rather have Ibanez who has proven himself.
      And please don't excuse this move as not having to pay for Wells, as fans don't write the checks so focus on what is best for the team. Yankees are inundated with cash, and they are not even spending the necessary amount on everyday players and that is bothersome to me.
      Unless the Yankees plan to slash ticket prices because fans were promised a contended, championship caliber team and this ain't it.

      • Richard says:

        I get whip-lash sometimes trying to follow you. First they won't contend, then they may slip into a WC spot, then they will get smoked. To top it off, you say it's a fact. No it's an opinion. The sun rises in the East is a fact.

        I want Ibanez as well ( no pun intended). As you know he's a lefty and were talking righties to replace Jones and DH vs lefties.

        Yanks pay an xtra 20M/yr in taxes over the last 10 yrs. They have the highest payroll in MLB. Apparently that's not good enough for . Spare me what George would do. He never paid 15million/yr for .250 hitters.

      • Richard says:

        For pete sake….

        We lost Martin and his .200 BA and lost Swisher. We got Ichiro for an entire year and Gardner back, We added Youck. The starting pitching ( the most important piece) is intact and the bullpen is strong. Other than Toronto, the AL East is WEAKER. Can Toronto make up 20 games?????

        I'll look at the water half full and you can continue to worry. Yes we give up about 40 HR's but Runs are Runs, we will find a way to make up for it.

        • LLP says:

          Martin had some HUGE hits at the end of the season and he did hit 21 homers. He is a good defensive catcher too and is a top catcher. So, you are ok with Chris Stewart, Cervelli or Romine instead?

          You are smoking something if you think losing Martin was a good thing cause was NOT!!

          Also, the Yankees do not play in the NL where pitching rules the roost. The AL East you need power bats to compete. All is swell that Jeter and Ichiro can get on base but if no one can drive them in it is white noise.

          Martin hit 21 HRs, 53 RBIs and 53 BB which is darn good for a catcher. Posada was the worst defensive catcher but he hit the crap out of the ball. So when Cashman says the Yankees are "focusing on defensive side of catching" it is because offensively it is such a HUGE downgrade.

      • Ken says:

        You are dead on in your assessment. Hal has dropped the ball and as I season ticket holder I have decided not to renew my tickets because this has been about saving millions why risking the possibility of losing billions in team value. The front office is a joke as is the current coaching staff. I would love to see a whole new regime in here

        • Richard says:

          Your right, it's Hal fault we won 95 games last year and sucked in the playoffs. We have 2X the payroll of the Orioles and 3X the Rays.
          Blame the owner, Blame the GM – Do you ever blame the players?

          So you think the Billion dollar franchise ( not Billions) will suffer if we only win 90 games next year?

          You are part of that spend spend culture.

          • Ken says:

            Is that your response? First Hal is the owner of this franchise. Cashman is an employee of Hal's. If your not doing your job then I am sure your boss would look to replace you. Cashman has not gotten the job done. All those early world series victories were due to Stick and Watson, growing the farm and making smart pickups. Cashman bought his Championship with CC and Tex and AJ and now that he has to get creative and make deals he can't. Ben Cherington of the Roid Sux was able to get rid of 250 million worth of deadwood, yet Cashman couldn't pull it off. Look at his trades and look at the farm system and you tell me its the players. Please give me something other than that excuse. Swisher is lifetime playoff hitter of 169, who brought him here?

            • Richard says:

              Yes that was my response. if Cash is so bad then why hasn't he been fired? You have to get to the playoffs first – would we have without Swish? I think not.

              Do you think the Dodgers would want A-rod's contract????? Please.

              Apparently you haven't read that link I gave you. I the current farm system ranked #10 (out of 30) is under Cash.

            • Richard says:

              What I simple met was that the players are responsible for wins and losses. We won 95 games and the PLAYERS did not come thru in the playoffs. To blame ownership is plan silly.

          • LLP says:

            No it is not but it will be Hal's fault when they don't make the playoffs in 2013.

          • LLP says:

            No it is not but it will be Hal's fault when they don't make the playoffs in 2013.

            • Richard says:

              Can hal pitch or hit? This line-up isn't even complete yet. Can't you hold back a little until Spring Training?

            • Richard says:

              Your not happy unless we have a $100M player at every position.

        • LLP says:

          Ken my dad is not renewing his tickets either, and I have heard many other ticket holders say the same.

          Hal needs to realize that they cannot rebuild because the farm system is not immature to judge. If one or two guys become stars that would be a miracle but none are that close to Major-League ready yet. Plus if the Yankees don't want to spend, they have to trade and their goes more prospects out the door.

          The Yankees need to let the contracts run out and dedicated themselves to farm system, draft in meantime. THey need to go spend money on players to keep them in contention, like a Hamilton type deal would work and suck it up and pay the good damn tax.

          You need to spend money to make money…..this is New York people have better things to do then over pay for tickets to watch a non-contending team. It will be like old-timers day all season.

          Retooling….and rebuilding at the same time. Hal Steinbrenner is embarrassing his father's legacy.

          2013 will be the proof if the Dodgers, Tigers, Toronto or Angels win the WS. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if all 4 make the postseason and the Yankees shit the bed. There is no way they can get past the ALDS if they miraculously win the Wild Card.

          • Ken says:

            I totally agree with everything you said. I have been a Yankees fan since the days of Horace Clark and Jerry Kenny and Joe Pepitone so I am dating myself a bit. I have been through the lean years and the good years. Hal is a bean counter that only cares about the bottom line in dollars. He doesn't understand what it takes to build a winner like his dad did. I only hope and pray that Hal sells the team to someone like Mark Cuban who shares the passion of winning like George did

          • Richard says:

            And how did the Giants win 2 out of the last 3? Were not even in Jan. The line-up is not set. The season is not won in Dec. I'll have to pull up your post from last year when you wrote the Tigers were not a playoff team.

  2. Tom says:

    Wells still hits lefties. If we could get the 2011 version I think he would be a good addition to replace A Jones. He injured his thumb in 2012 so if healthy and cheap why not?

    • LLP says:

      I just don't think giving any prospects away at this point is a good idea. If Halos pick up the entire salary they will want probably 2 good, maybe 3 decent prospects. The Yankees farm system has some Single and Double A prospects that look promising but it is way to early to judge yet but why chance another team getting a star? The farm system is already stripped at the top and now watching Austin Jackson emerge, with Montero on the edge, I would like to see some of these kids grow and see what happens. Angels will want pitchers too I would guess.

      • Tom says:

        So now you agree that Well's is a good fit if we don't give away too much?

        My guess we won't give much since they just want to get rid of him.

    • LLP says:

      I hear you Tom and if we could get the 2009 version of A-rod back too I would like that but Wells has 2-years left and money wise he might come cheap but nothing is free so prospects will be sent to Halos. And come on they already have Trout and Trumbo.

  3. LLP says:

    I just don't think giving any prospects away at this point is a good idea. If Halos pick up the entire salary they will want probably 2 good, maybe 3 decent prospects. The Yankees farm system has some Single and Double A prospects that look promising but it is way to early to judge yet but why chance another team getting a star? The farm system is already stripped at the top and now watching Austin Jackson emerge, with Montero on the edge, I would like to see some of these kids grow and see what happens. Angels will want pitchers too I would guess.

  4. Ken says:

    If cashman trades a used bag of balls for Well's its too much. Cashman is a 2nd rate GM and I hate to say it but the Mets have the better GM. Our GM is more concerned with repelling down buildings and being a womanizer instead of building his franchise. The farm system is terrible to say the least and Cashman hasn't drafted one 20 game winner in his tenure as GM let alone a stud prospect. The system seems to be a little stronger in A and Double A but other than that we have nothing on the horizon yet we still keep this clown around to run the show. Anyone can sign free agents if you want to spend the money, yet when Cashman has to be a real gm and be creative he can't get it done. Look at his pitching trades of the past. Kevin Brown, Javey Vasquez, Pineda and his free agent signings of Jared Wright, Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Pedro Feliciano to name a few. The guy sucks

    • Richard says:

      If drafting a 20 game winner is the criteria, then virtually every GM is a failure.

      No stud prospect? You forget Montero already?

      Make up your mind: Either the farm system sucks or it doesn't. Read up on Keith Law's ( recognized expert) and come back and tell us how bad it is.

      Pineda was a bad trade? Really? A bit early on that one.

      Here is a nice piece from Joel Sherman regarding Cash's trades. Maybe you'll learn something.

      .

      • LLP says:

        Montero doesn't even play here, and Pineda might never be that pitcher again. His rehab is going to take longer than expected which is never good sign.

        I guess that is not so surprising after he got that DWI in Tampa. Yankees need to get him a babysitter, as these youngsters come from nothing and cannot handle all the temptations with out supervision. Pineda's timetable now is still so up-in-the-air, which is shocking because they should have an idea by now about Pineda's progress. Odd that we never here about Pineda's rehab at all.

        • Richard says:

          He asked if Cash ever had a stud prospect – I think Montero qualifies.

          I know some mature, professional, individuals that get DUI's. Did you even have to go there?