I had no idea that Arlington was right in the middle of the Fort Worth / Dallas, TX area. No wonder some suspect Wells would end-up with the Rangers if released by the Angels. And, his close friend, Young, plays for Texas.
I wonder how much Wells will like the guys in Anaheim after Hunter leaves?
If Wells doesn't mind being a #4 or #5 outfielder, and the Angels don't mind paying his salary, let's see how it goes. I'm expecting he's going to get a good taste of sitting on the bench, when he returns. Let's see how he feels during the off-season.
Angels outfield should be: LF-Trout, CF-Bourjos, RF-Trumbo in 2013, though. If Morales was traded, then re-signing Hunter could be viable. But, no way should Wells have a starting position with the Angels anymore. If he doesn't like it, just void the no-trade.
From MLBtraderumors:"Vernon Wells tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he has no plans to waive his no-trade clause since he enjoys playing for the Angels, though he may not receive much playing time once he returns from the DL. Morosi speculates that the right-handed hitting Wells could be a fit for the Dodgers, Reds or Indians. Any trade would involve the Angels eating the large majority of the approximately $53MM Wells is still owed through the 2014 season."
I doubt the Angels release him, but I wonder how much VW will "enjoy" being the 4th outfielder.
At $20 Million a year in the twilight of a career, he might not mind it at all.
Still, blame the Angels for taking on the contract. I don't hold it against Wells at all.
As a 4th outfielder RH DH he has value. Pretty good value.
As a 4th outfielder RH DH he has value. Pretty good value. "
Sorry, I don't see the value. He was historically bad last season and was only marginally better this season. There is nothing that I like about this guy (ok so I'm biased).
I have made a few comments why we will not release Wells. If you release him Texas signs him for nothing and he's playing in his backyard.
I'm sure he would like to start with the Angels but I think our outfield is awesome without him.
Wells had a long career and with the remaining money owed he's owned the Angels are stuck. Expenisive bench player yes, but that's better than him playing for Texas and Arte is still paying him.
I disagree. Not OK for me is we have to pay the salary owned to him.
Arlington fits for him. Like Beltre, he would improve his numbers more than I would like to see.
He had the worst obp for a qualifying outfielder since 1904....yes 1904. I'd call that historically bad. He was also a horrible power hitter.
You don't think Wells would do well in Texas? He' strong, those pop ups fly out.
He hit 25 HR for the Angels, how many more do you think he could hit in Texas?He may be a .300 hitter but his power would certainly be more obvious.
I don't want to release Wells and have him show up in a Ranger uniform. That's the bottom line for me.
"Angels outfield should be: LF-Trout, CF-Bourjos, RF-Trumbo in 2013"
I'd add the rest of 2012. They need an athletic CF and he'll hit if he plays regularly.
If they insist on using Wells because of his contract they waste the other contracts, not to mention the season.