The New York Yankees couldn’t find a taker last week when they did everything they could to trade Vernon Wells – namely because nobody wanted to take on his absurd contract.
It’s likely the Yankees offered to pay a portion of it (whatever portion the Los Angeles Angels aren’t paying), but even then the bites were likely few and far between. But now that Wells is a free agents, there are teams expressing interest in signing the veteran outfielder, including the Philadelphia Phillies.
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.
On the surface, it seems like another would-be questionable move for the Phillies who’ve had a bit of a unique offseason, but Wells for all his flaws can still play adequate defense in the outfield and still hits left handed pitching well.
He won’t command anything more than a minimum salary and doesn’t seem to mind coming off the bench/having sporadic playing time, so Wells isn’t exactly a horrible option for Philadelphia or any team who is open to platooning him.