RocketsDWM wrote:I'm just surprised they didnt move Wells to the Angels before they signed Matthews Jr. Probably could have received some top prospects and then they would have the money to get Young next year (and then for this year you put Rios in center and sign a third starter)
I'm not sure if they even knew they were going to sign Vernon before last week (which probably isn't a very smart way to go about things).
Something definitely changed JP's views on Vernon over the last 2 months, though: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2611097
Back then it appeared like they had no intention of offering anything like this to him, and a trade looked very likely. It must have been the fact that they were unable to sign Lilly or Meche. That's the only thing that could have changed their plan over that short amount of time.
As for Michael Young, well his entire reason for coming to Toronto would be gone (he's close friends with Vernon, and they've always maintained that they want to play with eachother at one point in their career) if they had traded Vernon. Of course, money always talks, but he wouldn't have that other incentive to come here.