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.
FoxSports.com 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.
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