Trade: Vernon Wells is a Yankee, Lou Gehrig No Longer Considers Anyone in New York Lucky

You'd smile too if your job paid you $21 million a year to be this inadequate!

You’d smile too if your job paid you $21 million a year to be this inadequate!

The Blue Jays made out like Canadian bandits when they jettisoned Vernon Wells to the Angels before the 2011 season by getting the Disney-fueled franchise to swallow all that money and send back useful players. The Angels aren’t as lucky in their Wells cast off, but at least they managed to get rid of him thanks to the increasingly tragic desperation of the fading New York Yankees. Wells joins the Yankees in exchange for the proudest franchise in sports covering $13.9 million of the $42 million he’s owed for the next two seasons. The Angels also get two non-prospects with incredible names in Exicardo Cayones and Kramer Sneed, while the Yankees will presumably also acquire a crate of Excedrin and all of the Jim Beam there is.

So how bad has Wells gotten? In his two seasons with the Angels he managed to hit a cumulative .222/.258/.409 with 121 strikeouts and 36 walks across 791 PA. He hasn’t posted a wOBA of .300 since leaving Canada, and there’s no telling what he’ll look like defensively as the Yankees’ starting left fielder until Curtis Granderson mercifully returns. Wells’ career has descended from potential stardom to kind-of stardom to decency to filth, and that’s not a pattern likely to reverse at age 34 and counting.

These guys the Angels are getting back, they’re not very good either. But hey, at least they’re human beings, and at least Vernon Wells is gone! Exicardo Cayones drew a ton of walks in limited time at the Low-A level last season, but the outfielder literally does nothing else that would suggest his emergence as anything at all. Sneed is a 24-year-old pitcher still playing Single-A ball, so I don’t feel the need to include any other information about him in this space. On an only partially related note, I now want to name something–a possession, a pet, my first born–Exicardo.

This deal was really all about the Angels playing expensive hot potato to right their previous wrongs and the Yankees looking for whatever they could to fill a hole. Why the Yankees always poor refuse into their empty holes is beyond me. Gross.

2 thoughts on “Trade: Vernon Wells is a Yankee, Lou Gehrig No Longer Considers Anyone in New York Lucky

  1. Paul Thornton

    Now, that’s telling it like it is. You really have to wonder what the Yankees are thinking with Wells. He’s a notoriously slow starter, but maybe they’ll get lucky and he’ll whack 15-20 home runs in the last half of the season. Too much money to find out though.

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    1. Brian Vaughan Post author

      Yeah, the risk is huge and the Yankees won’t be getting anything out him unless he radically changes his approach. The sad part is the Yankees can’t even platoon him against lefties because he doesn’t hit them either save for the occasional random homer!

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