April 25, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Los Angeles Angels left fielder Vernon Wells (10) hits a single against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
If Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells would waive his no-trade clause, he would become available, and a team in need of a right-handed bat, such as the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, or Pittsburgh Pirates, would likely take a chance on him, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
One of the best people in baseball, but his career has never been what it was supposed to be. Even now, if Wells would waive his no-trade clause, he would be available. With the need for righthanded-hitting outfielders, some team (Dodgers, Indians, Pirates) would likely take the chance if the Angels picked up the majority of the $53 million remaining on his deal.
Cafardo believes the Angels would be able to trade Wells if they would be willing to eat the majority of his remaining deal. Wells is making $21 million this season and another $21 million in 2013 and ’14.
Despite his monster contract, Wells hasn’t produced like a $20 million-plus player.
After posting a line of .273/.331/.515 with 31 home runs, 44 doubles and 88 RBIs as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Wells was traded to the Angels with cash in exchange for catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder/first baseman Juan Rivera.
Since joining the Angels, the 33-year-old has only hit at a clip of .223/.255/.414. This season Wells has maintained an OPS of .704 with 12 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs over his 135 at-bats.
Should the Angels eat Wells' remaining contract in order to move him?