Jack-In-A-Box wrote:He's been doing ok lately. Like the past 7,8 games he's hitting alot better. In an interview with him earlier in the month he said the reason he's off to a slow start is because he's been swinging at pitches outta his zone trying to make things happen because of the funk the Jays are in. He stated that he's concentrating more at only swinging at his pitches in his zone which has contributed to his recent little turnaround. I'd say give him more time. I am. I've had numerous offers for him. All low-ball offers because of the numbers so far.. but everyone knows what he's capable of now. No way you should unload him right now. Value is to low.
I agree with Jack's opinion on this one. As for the steroids thing I think they're unfounded. The guy is still relatively big and I dug up this old blurb I rembered reading on Wells from Rotoworld regarding his weight:
Rotoworld.com wrote:Feb. 20, 2004 - 1:54 pm et
Vernon Wells, who said he had weight he could afford to lose, dropped 20 pounds during the offseason.
In the past, a player who showed up at camp looking noticeably slimmer than the year before would receive a nice article about himself in the local paper. In 2004, however, it's accusations of steroid use that he'll face instead. "I've never ever seen a steroid," Wells said when asked. "I've never taken a steroid." Blue Jays hitting coach Mike Barnett backed him up. "From a physical standpoint, he's leaner," Barnett said. "He has lost weight around his middle. To me, his upper body and his legs are the same size as a year ago."
Source: Toronto Sun
The year of the steroid has probably put a bad spin on what could have been considered a good thing. Add an early season slump into the mix and I think Vernon has gotten a bad rap. This article
also has some good discussions on why Vernon lost the weight, and the little talk about sex with his wife at the end got a snicker from me. If Wells would not have gotten off to a slow start there'd be no discussions about steroids and his weight. I think Jack still hit the nail on the head though. IMO the steroid rumors are just that... Rumors.