Angels get Vernon Wells for Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli

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Vernon Wells is a bit of an upgrade over Juan Rivera, but we also lose Napoli who's a solid player. I'm sure the Blue Jays were happy to get rid of Vernon Wells' contract.

Having previously struck out in free agency, the Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Vernon Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera, Yahoo! Sports confirmed Friday. was the first to report the deal.

The Angels attempted to sign outfielder Carl Crawford and third baseman Adrian Beltre, but were outbid for both. Crawford signed with the Boston Red Sox for $142 million over seven years; Beltre with the Texas Rangers for a guaranteed $80 million over five years.

Wells, who turned 32 in December, is due $86 million over the next four seasons.

The Blue Jays are expected to send cash in the deal as well to defray the rest of the contract. ... ells012111

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How much cash are the Jays going to give us?

The guy's contract is unreal. If Moreno is working with a fixed budget, I doubt we'll have enough room to make any big signing in the next few years.

This is not where I would have invested, but we'll see how it turns out.

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Wells is "absolutely the wrong player right now for the Angels, who have made one the worst desperation moves I can remember," writes Keith Law of Law points out that with all of the money Toronto is saving with Wells' contract off the books, the Jays "could become very good, very fast."

Pretty much my thoughts. Wells is going to have to play like an MVP in order for me to like this.

We also, now need a catcher. Way to go! Not to mention that his contract pretty much eliminates a good FA signing over the next few years (Granted, as if it were going to happen anyway).


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