Angels All-Time Lists

6 worst contracts in LA Angels modern team history

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May 4, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) runs after
May 4, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) runs after / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Vernon Wells, LA Angels
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Vernon Wells / Lisa Blumenfeld/GettyImages

No. 3 worst contract in LA Angels modern team history: Vernon Wells (2011)

Vernon Wells was traded to the LA Angels for what was supposed to be the last four years of his seven-year/$126 million contract.

Unfortunately, Wells only lasted just two years with the club. The Angels also had to pay the majority of the rest of his contract after they traded him after those two years to the Yankees. To make matters worse, he didn't even play baseball after just one season with the Yankees.

With the Angels, Wells hit .222/.258/.409 (.667 OPS) in just 208 games and hit only 36 total home runs to go along with 95 total RBIs. He also certainly wasn't the Gold Glover he used to be when he played for the Angels.

Recording an 86 OPS+ with the Angels, Wells didn't live up to the hype at all. He, like the previous three on this list, was signed to the Halos after an All-Star season but ended up looking terribly in a Halo uniform.

He looked like a completely different player. And in the year where we basically paid him to play for the Yankees, he looked just as bad. We weren't even paying for a good player.

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