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January 22, 2011

Angels Pick Up Vernon Wells From Blue Jays

by @ 8:27 am. Filed under 2011 Angels

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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