I am hearing a whole lot about taking a huge loss of Wells so that we can pick up more players, so I thought I might offer some of my insight into the situation.
The reason we didn't go to the playoffs last year is NOT because of a huge piece. It was because Trout missed a month with injury, Pujols adjustment, Wilson/Santana/Haren struggles, and the lack of a good arm in the bullpen.
Trout is here for the whole season, Pujols is adjusted, Wilson will perform, the the rotation/bullpen are question marks but look upgraded to me. Hamilton is icing on the cake in terms of production.
Which brings me back to Wells. We don't need another player, and Wells is not just dead weight. In his last season, he knocked out nearly 20 homers in part time play. That is a luxury to us, but most teams would welcome it. We need him for depth, and no other players (Thome, Hafner, etc) would be a better DH than Wells.
Just saying, other than pitching this team should be done with adding players.
The 20 HRs came with a .230 batting average, a .279 on base percentage, and barely above eplacement level play. Wells' offense over the last 2 years ranks in the bottom 50 of all Major League outfielders with at least 600 plate appearances.
No vindication. He's terrible.
I think the bullpen blowing 22 saves is what killed the Angels last year. Your other points are valid but I think that was the biggie.
Wells didn't really hurt the team as much as he hurt the pocketbook.
"Wells > Bourjos"
Oh, right. You're the troll. To the ignore pile then.
Of course Wells lousy play was not what killed the Angels as a whole however In no way did Wells do anything to even make a positive contribution to last years Angel team. The Angels were not a better team with Wells in the lineup just look what happened after he got hurt, the Angels played their best and most consistent baseball of the year and were in the hunt .
Having him in the lineup hurt the Angels defensively With Hunter, Trout and PB the Angels had the best defensive outfield in baseball. Wells lack of any offensive production did nothing to offset that. He was no threat to opposing pitchers and provided no protection for anyone hitting around him. MS continuing to run VW out there everyday took AB's away and much needed playing time from PB and basicaly made the season a complete waste for PB and his development as an MLB player
If Wells is on the team MS will play him and playing him makes the Angels worse not better he needs to go