The Los Angeles Angels will be paying $21 million each of the next two seasons to Vernon Wells. The 34-year-old hasn't delivered an equivalent bang for the buck, and is currently the fourth outfielder behind Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos.
With spring training approaching, it seems more likely that Wells will remain with the Angels, at least for the time being. Philadelphia had been mentioned as a possible destination, but that option came off the board with Tuesday’s deal for Delmon Young.
Wells’ name also has been linked to the New York Yankees, who might be looking to add an extra bat in response to the health issues of Alex Rodriguez. But it remains to be seen if the suddenly fiscal-conscious Bronx Bombers will take on another big contract, especially for a player with declining numbers.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com tweeted Tuesday it is “very likely” Wells starts the season with the Angels.
Given that Bourjos is coming off a rough season at the plate (.220), the Angels may need to cover themselves with a veteran backup, especially since they may still be reluctant to go with the unproven Kole Calhoun as a fourth outfielder. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register made that point earlier this offseason.