Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Yankees are in trade talks with the Angels regarding Vernon Wells and a deal "could be done today."
Passan adds that "lots of money would go back to New York" in the deal, which, of course, is a given with Wells having $42 million left on his contract. Wells has a full no-trade clause and has embraced a backup role with the Angels, but perhaps he'd be willing to waive it for what would be an uptick in playing time. The 34-year-old would figure to play pretty regularly in left field until Curtis Granderson returns. Wells has batted just .222/.258/.409 over the last two seasons.
prior to this news I would think the OF would be/would have been.. Boesch/Gardner/Ichiro, with Granderson on the sidelines with an injury. once Granderson returns that OF changes to.. Granderson/Gardner/Ichiro.
how does Wells to the Yankees change this? would Wells start on a regular basis over newly signed Brennan Boesch? once Granderson returns Wells moves back to a bench role, same as he has now with the Angles. he might even have a better chance at playing time if he stays in LA, where his only competition is Bourjos. Bourjos wasn't exactly much good last season, meaning Wells could even potentially take over for Bourjos full time if he struggles again.
as for Wells. I don't think he is a bad option if he can get regular playing time.
yes the last years hs AVG has been BAD. .230 AVG in 2012, and .218 AVG in 2011. but he has also had bad BABIP. .226 in 2012, and .214 in 2011.
his LD rate in 2012 wasn't too bad, 15.7 (compared to 12.3 in 2011).
his K rate has been decent/good. 13.4 in 2012, and 16.3 in 2011.
his BB rate hasn't been that good though. 6.1% in 2012, and 3.8 in 2011.
his contact rate has been good. 85.6 in 2012, and 81.3 in 2011.
expectations/projections for Wells if he goes to the Yankees?
personally I drafted Wells in a deep 6 team league for my bench, because I already drafted Bourjos.