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The Last Daze

No, wait–not that, Vernon Wells.

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1 joejoejoe   ~  Mar 24, 2013 4:20 pm

I'd rather they signed Lord Humongous.

2 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 24, 2013 4:50 pm

Just throw the season already!

The only upside to this I see is if the Angels eat three-quarters or more of what's left of his contract, then they have a relatively low cost 4th OF with experience. If Wells has a change-of-scenery bounce, cool. Other than that, I hope they don't give up anything for him.

3 rbj   ~  Mar 24, 2013 5:23 pm

And 3/4 of our starting infield and 1/3 of the outfield start the season on the DL. Well, the upside is that I won't be stressed out by a pennant race.

4 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Really..at this point what is there to say?

I do look forward to RIYank and monkeypants comments on this one. :)

5 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 24, 2013 5:40 pm

How much dough, that's what I wanna know.

6 RIYank   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:00 pm

I'm sure the Angels pay a huge chunk of Wells' salary.

It's still not a very happy acquisition. He's going to be a mediocre player. It's not going to be a great consolation that the Yankees aren't spending much money on him.

7 rbj   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:23 pm

He's owed $42 million, rumors are Halos are paying $32 million. So $5 million a year for him to basically be a RH DH/OF isn't that bad. We might even get some production from him.

8 monkeypants   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:30 pm

If this is for real, it may signal the moment when I finally give up on this organization. Yeah, I know, we all pull for laundry and I'll never root against the pinstripes, but I have almost completely lost interest in the Yankees over the last three seasons. Yawn. Another proven veteran™ mediocrity because the team can't be bothered to develop even a replacement level player in AAA. It's all so predictable. I think I'm going to start following the Blue Jays.

9 Chris   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:37 pm

Great idea. You should definitely start following the Jays.

I follow the Ms for

10 Chris   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:38 pm

perspective, but Jays will give the opposite view this year.

11 monkeypants   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:42 pm

Also, isn't this the type of move that, a few years ago, we would have blamed on George and the Tampa Mafia, all the while lamenting poor Brian Cashman and wondering what he could do if he didn't have to fight against the worst tendencies of the owner to buy washed up old name-brand players? So, who do we blame now? Hank? George Bush? Solar flares?

12 Chris   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:51 pm

Veteran Worship Syndrome strikes again.

13 Chris   ~  Mar 24, 2013 6:53 pm

VWS is a serious disorder, monkeyman. It affects front office personnel at all levels.

14 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 24, 2013 7:08 pm

8) Screw Seinfeld. We root for Yankees. LOL

15 thelarmis   ~  Mar 24, 2013 8:25 pm

WBC will be paying Tex's salary while he's out with his WBC-related injury. that's helpful.

i jammed my thumb while the WBC was going on; i hope they pay my salary, as well...

16 Boatzilla   ~  Mar 24, 2013 8:47 pm

Two words: Ken Phelps.

17 RIYank   ~  Mar 25, 2013 5:43 am

[15] Dude! You need that thumb.
I told you not to go play in the World Bongo Classic.

18 thelarmis   ~  Mar 25, 2013 1:23 pm

[17] it was actually in the World Balafon Classic. you didn't hear about it? I was left for Guinea, West Africa, just a few days after spring training started.

Stevie taped my thumb and i've been striking single marimba bars on tee. i've been keeping my legs underneath me by circling around the full 5-octave instrument and playing diminished scales with a left hand lead.

bottom line is i'll be ready to go on Opening Night.

19 BobbyB   ~  Mar 25, 2013 1:39 pm

The Yanks are paying $8M in 2013 and $4M in 2014 so he's pretty cheap in their desire to get under the cap in 2014. I hear Wells is one of the best clubhouse guys you will find in MLB. I always think a good clubhouse guy is worth his weight in gold. The dynasty team of 1996-2001 had a bunch of them. If the Halo's want to pay most of his salary, I'm happy to have him. Mariners dumped Ichiro on us last year and if the rest of the team played as well against Detroit as Ichiro did, we'd have lost to the Giants in the World Series, not the Tigers. Maybe the patchwork works. Stranger teams have won championships.

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