The Angels struck out in the free agent signing season but they eventually got a big bat they wanted, sort of. They traded Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli to the Jays for All Star Vernon Wells. Vernon had a come back season last year and he belted 31 home runs while posting his best ERA+ (127) since 2006.
The downside is, Wells is set to make a ton of money beginning this year. He can opt out of his contract after 2011 although I find that doubtful because he’s set to make $86 million over the next four years. This is an interesting, high risk move so it’ll be interesting to see if it pans out. Wells had a few mediocre seasons between 2006 and 2010 so he has been prone to under perform.
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