Vernon Wells Notes: Rangers, Blue Jays, Angels

You know a trade is big when Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the Wall Street Journal are chattering about it nearly a week later. Here are some Vernon Wells-related links from around the Internet…

  • Angels owner Arte Moreno says the Angels and Blue Jays discussed a Wells deal a couple weeks ago, let talks simmer for a while and revived the trade last week, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times (Twitter links). Moreno says the flood of criticism directed his team's way has not bothered him.
  • The Blue Jays discussed a potential deal with the Rangers, but would likely have had to pay more money to make the trade happen, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told Heyman that the Blue Jays front office ”never engaged significantly" with clubs other than the Angels. "The other teams just were inquiring and that's how far the conversation went," Anthopoulos said. 
  • A longtime talent evaluator reminded ESPN.com's Buster Olney that Wells is, in fact, a good player. "The Angels should've been able to get the Jays to eat some money in the trade, but what I think is being forgotten is that Anaheim is getting a pretty good player. He makes them better than what they were going to be," the evaluator told Olney. 
  • In a piece for the Wall Street Journal Dave Cameron points out just how expensive the Angels' outfield has become (don't forget about Gary Matthews Jr.).


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109 Comments on "Vernon Wells Notes: Rangers, Blue Jays, Angels"


Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Finally an optimistic outlook on the trade, financially ouch, but otherwise the angels did receive a good player.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Dave Cameron, FanGraphs: “2007-2010, outfielders with similar [weighted on-base average] to Vernon Wells: Randy Winn, Chris Young, Aaron Rowand. . . . Adrian Beltre produced more value (+7.1 [Wins Above Replacement]) in 2010 than Wells did in the last four years combined (+7.0).”

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

This Steve Smith seems really smart.

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RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

They could have paid less for Beltre, a much better player at a position they needed help at, without giving up ANY talent at all!

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Certainly, once you’ve fallen, it’s wise to get back up. There’s no point in crying over spilled milk. I empathize with the idea of accepting that the Wells trade was the worst in MLB history and to look on the bright side. Wells is an adequate player who would start for most teams.

I can assure you, however, that no intelligent Angel fan would have agreed to this trade.

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fortunes4
4 years 5 months ago

And the Angels OF is expensive. Did someone forget about the Yankee infield!!

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

The difference is that the Yankee infield has a lot of elite talent. Even with decline, ARod and Tex are well above-average players and Jeter is still one of the better offensive SS in the game. And of course the cheapest of them, Cano, is the best of them.

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BK
4 years 5 months ago

Jeter is not the best anything in the game. Also, the back half of the Arod and Tex contracts are going to be pretty awful.

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Sniderlover
4 years 5 months ago

He said one of the better offensive SS.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Thank you. Reading comprehension isn’t one of the strong points on of the internet.

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Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

I’m not so sure he is one of the better offensive SS’s anymore. I could be wrong, but I think he ranked 21st last year in SS’s for OPS.

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The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

bitter much?

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monster55
4 years 5 months ago

The Angels don’t quite have the resources to spend (or waste, depending on how you look at it), that the Yankees do.

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

True, but only until 5 years ago, when they were previously owned by Walt Disney instead of Moreno.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

*Their multi-billionaire owner laughs at your post

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monster55
4 years 5 months ago

And if their multi-billionaire owner wants to personally pay for contracts, instead of having revenue pay for contracts (like the Yankees), he should feel free to do that. I doubt the Steinbrenners are even top-10 richest owners in baseball, but their team is far and away number 1 in revenue and spending.

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

They are in the top 10 from when I last heard, but not in the top 5.

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bjsguess
4 years 5 months ago

They lost $10m last year with a payroll of $120m. You can’t compare the revenue stream of Boston/NY to the Angels. Not in the same league.

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I was referring to the Steinbrenners. Not the Angels.

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MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Apparently even billions can’t buy good sense.

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Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

Well, if Steinbrenner was worth $1.5billion before he passed away, I don’t think Hank and Hal have had enough time to make that $500mil to be “multi-billionaire owners.”

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monster55
4 years 5 months ago

And whichever “talent evaluator” told that to Olney is a complete moron.

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JP
4 years 5 months ago

He was a good player in 06, 08 and 10.

His numbers in 05, 07 and 09 were fairly atrocious.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

the yankee infield is actually good, though.

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MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Offensively I’ll give that to you; defensively not so much, particularly on the left side.

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The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Jeter is a gold glover and A-Rod is one of the better defensive 3b in the league. Your wrong.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Because gold gloves are a valuable statistical metric for defensive ability nowadays… right. More like “hey I’m a popular fan favorite, always in the media, have multi-million dollar endorsement deals and I’m a Yankee. Gold Glove please!”

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chreeschan
4 years 5 months ago

Those are some excellent facts to support your point.

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MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, about that…

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InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 5 months ago

Yikes…do we really have to go through this again?