AcidRock23 wrote:Because I don't think that he's going to repeat his big season, he's aging out of his prime, he plays for the Blue Jays which would be likely to sap anyone's morale, even if they DO lure all 4,000 Expos fans into their fold.... Also because I have Edmonds, Wilkerson, Nady and Tavares taking up my OF slots and am willing to gamble at this point that Nady is likely to finish > Wells for me.
I don't see it as being that big of a deal. I looked at the team and he was the most expendable guy. Voila.
Out of his prime? Hello, Vernon Wells is 26 years old. Most players ENTER their prime seasons (well most actually enter a year or two later) right about now. There's no doubt that he's going to improve on his numbers last year (AT LEAST) if not rebound to his 2003 averages. I really do expect his BB/K and that sort of stuff to get better than his 2003 BB/K in the next few years as he develops more plate sense. By the way, Xavier Nady is older than Vernon Wells. And he was never viewed as having as good tools. He was always more refined in the minors because he was a four year college player (more power, too). However, he's done jack in the pros.
His injury last year was a calf problem. Calf is in the leg, ribs are in the abdominal area. No relation whatsoever.
On the other hand, it's just as easy to argue that playing for the Blue Jays is relaxed and there's no pressure on him. Thus, he'll be able to perform in a laid back environment.
Vernon's going to outperform all of your OFs except Edmonds...who he'll almost resemble.