Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported tonight that along with Cody Ross, the Phillies are also considering Vernon Wells of the now rather stacked outfield in Anaheim. The Halos are looking to move Wells after acquiring Hamilton and there is obviously a fit in Philadelphia. The subject of how much of the rather ridiculous salary Wells makes will be eaten by Anaheim and how much the Phils will have to part with from a system that is finally starting to fill in a bit after a few huge trades the past few seasons.
Wells has been around a while. In his prime, he was quite a slugger for Toronto. Injuries have slowed him down but he's still a half decent stick when healthy. The problem is the money and he also has a no trade clause on top of that. He figures to be buried in the Anaheim bench in '13 so I wouldn't worry about the no trade.
At first I really didn't like the sound of this. When one does some homework though, it seems a move that definitely makes sense if it plays out the right way. The free agent market being what it is has forced some outside the box moves. I mean how much do they really want to spend on Cody Ross if Vernon Wells comes cheaper, assuming Anaheim swallows a bunch of cash? Hey, sign me up, even if I do kick and scream a bit.