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Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

PostPost #1 by ofahn » January 10th, 2014, 2:28 pm

Yankees Designate Vernon Wells For Assignment
By Steve Adams [January 10, 2014 at 12:18pm CST]

The Yankees have designated Vernon Wells for assignment, according to ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Wells himself tweeted out a thank you to the organization: "Thank you Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied franchise."

The Yankees need room on their 40-man roster because although they've agreed to deals with Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton, neither has been officially announced at this time (as noted earlier today by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports). An Alex Rodriguez suspension could clear a spot for the second player.

Wells, 35, was acquired by the Yankees last offseason in exchange for Exicardo Cayones and Kramer Sneed, with New York picking up $13.9MM of the remaining $42MM on Wells' contract. They looked to have caught lightning in a bottle early in the season, as Wells mashed his way to a .301/.357/.538 batting line with 10 homers through his first 38 games, replacing some of the production lost when Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira went down with injuries. Wells posted a .495 OPS with just one homer from May 16 through season's end, however, finishing with a batting line of .233/.282/.349 in 458 plate appearances.

I think this guy still has something in the tank. The most we would be on the hook for is the minimum salary, and even that would be for only as long as he stays on our 25 Man Roster. I'd offer him an invite to ST.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/01/y ... nment.html
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Re: Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

PostPost #2 by Seafordeagles » January 10th, 2014, 2:43 pm

I would not be opposed to that.
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Re: Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

PostPost #3 by osforlife » January 10th, 2014, 9:05 pm

There is no such thing as a bad minor league deal, but Vernon Wells is very bad. He has hit .226/.267/.387 the last three years, with awful defense. Baltimore's outfield is set, they just need help at designated hitter. A left handed complement is really all they need, as Steve Pearce is more than serviceable against LHP. Vernon Wells is not that left handed complement.
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Re: Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

PostPost #4 by thezeroes » January 11th, 2014, 9:05 am

osforlife wrote:There is no such thing as a bad minor league deal, but Vernon Wells is very bad. He has hit .226/.267/.387 the last three years, with awful defense. Baltimore's outfield is set, they just need help at designated hitter. A left handed complement is really all they need, as Steve Pearce is more than serviceable against LHP. Vernon Wells is not that left handed complement.


If the Orioles had thought along these lines with all of their Minor League Signings then they would have never have done the Nate McLouth deal. I say give him the MiLB contract with an Opt Out date at the end of April if he is not on the Orioles Twenty-Five. I say April as this is when movement from extended Spring training would leave the Orioles with a MiLB roster crunch and his spot may be used for players that need upward mobility.
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Re: Should The Orioles Give Vernon Wells A Minor League Deal?

PostPost #5 by j.q. higgins » January 13th, 2014, 12:25 pm

not really worth it. doesn't have defensive value, hasn't posted an average offensive season since 2010, is 35.
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