Phillies interested in Vernon Wells?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014

After the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran the New York Yankees had a logjam in the outfield. To solve that problem the Yankees decided to cut veteran outfield Vernon Wells. At the age of 35, Wells isn’t the player he used to be but with him costing almost nothing he could draw interest from teams who are looking for veteran depth, teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

Vernon Wells, OF, free agent — It’ll be interesting to see whether Wells elects to retire and collect $21 million or hook on with another team after his release by the Yankees. One American League special assistant said, “It’s a no-brainer if you need a righthanded bat. He still hits lefties well [.269 last season], can play the outfield, not like he used to, but he’s basically a minimum-salary guy for any team since the Angels are still paying most of the freight.” The Phillies have expressed some interest, but a few teams are beginning to consider a look-see for the 35-year-old former All-Star. (Boston Globe)

The Phillies actually make a lot of sense for Wells as General manager Ruben Amaro Jr still considers his team a championship contender, why I don’t know but he does. The Phillies themselves have a crowded outfield but Wells brings something that they don’t have much of a, right handed power bat.

The Phillies are loaded with left handed bats that can’t hit lefties too well and the righties they do have like John Mayberry Jr also can’t hit left handed pitchers. With how he can hit those lefties and the little bit of defense he can still give you he’d be a decent platoon option or late inning off the bench guy in the National League.

What’s even better is he’ll cost the somewhat cost conscious Phillies almost nothing. With him already earning $21 million between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Yankees, he’ll likely accept something close to the veteran minimum just so he can keep playing.

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