The Blue Jays have fielded a few trade inquiries about star outfielder Vernon Wells, league sources said. It appears Toronto has financial constraints, and it might consider trading Wells, who has six years remaining on his seven-year, $126-million contract.
It isn't necessarily to the point where the Jays are shopping Wells. But they may have financial concerns. The Jays' star closer, B.J. Ryan, also is thought be available at the right price -- though there's no evidence the Jays would entertain trading franchise pitcher Roy Halladay.
Wells is a terrific all-around player, but he's missed some time the past two seasons. He hit .300 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs last year after a dreadful 2007 campaign in which he .245 with 16 homers and 80 RBIs. He is a much better player than that, although his contract may make trading him difficult in these economic times.