If the Angels are going to let go of Vernon Wells, the time is now. The Phillies and the Yankees apparently have interest in Wells, who as we all know, is owed $42 million dollars over the next two seasons. Wells has seen his playing time and his skills diminish in the past couple of seasons.
First of all, if the Angels are going to trade him, they are going to have to pay probably about $36 million of the $42 million left on his contract. They probably won’t get much back in return, if anything for him. Maybe a low-level A-ball, fringe prospect.Is it a good idea to get rid of Wells? Probably. He hasn’t been good since he was acquired by the Angels. You can bet that if Jerry Dipoto was the GM at the time, the Angels probably never claim Wells on waivers.
A change of scenery may be a good idea for both parties. It could open up a spot for another player like Kole Calhoun or maybe sign another free agent to help be a backup in the outfield.
As I said earlier in the off-season, it’s time for the Angels and Wells to part ways. If they have to eat most of the contract than so be it. Sometimes it’s better to cut bait with mistakes when you are an organization that can afford it. A fresh start for the team and the player is probably best at this point and now is as good a time as any.