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Yankees interested in Angels' Vernon Wells

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09:35 AM ET 12.16 | Now that the Josh Hamilton signing is official, the Angels' next move -- or moves -- might not be what many in the industry expect. The team prefers to keep outfielders Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo and trade designated hitter Kendrys Morales and outfielder Vernon Wells, according to major-league sources. Though the Angels possibly could acquire a starting pitcher for Bourjos or Trumbo, they also might get a pitching piece back for Morales -- and enhance their run prevention by fielding a stellar defensive outfield of Bourjos, Hamilton and Mike Trout, with Trumbo serving as the primary DH. The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for Wells -- the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.

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December 16, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Nice Knowing You, Bro.

December 16, 2012  09:41 AM ET

How much of that ridiculous salary would the Angels have to eat?

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December 16, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

ugh...if not 99% of it- puff, puff pass

Hey......Don't bogart that Doobie, Bros..............

December 16, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How much of that ridiculous salary would the Angels have to eat?

If we can get them to pay half, it would be shocking.

December 16, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Vernon is only 33. He'll feel like a young kid on the Yankees.

December 16, 2012  11:04 AM ET

Wells is aAL trade material only because of lack of defense, more teams would want Trumbo because he can play defense and his younger.

December 16, 2012  11:05 AM ET

Total BS. Ridiculous. Yes, they Yankees need a RH OF, yes Wells is both, but those two dots will never connect..

December 16, 2012  11:07 AM ET

The Yankees goal is to be competitive this year and then unload as much as $90 million in salaries at the end of the 2013 season. Which they can do with all the contracts that run out then. Wells is not an option. Jeesh!

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December 16, 2012  12:10 PM ET

Perfect........33yrs old, last 2 season BA .218 & .230

December 16, 2012  12:23 PM ET
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I'm getting the feeling that they aren't going to re-up cano-I think they don't want to have so many older players anymore signed long term through their late 30s

Not so sure about that. He may be the big reason behind the salary dump and one year contracts they are giving out. If he is making $15 million this year, then you are only adding about $12 million more to resign him next year and beyond. Petitte or Kuroda or Youk money as examples.

It will not be about money if he is not resigned.

December 16, 2012  12:33 PM ET

This is exactly what the Yankees need, another aging, overpaid player with declining skills.

December 16, 2012  01:10 PM ET

He's 33 therefore it is in the Major League By-laws that he must sign with the Yankees within the next 10 years. May as well get it over with now...

December 16, 2012  01:11 PM ET

*or be traded

December 16, 2012  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm getting the feeling that they aren't going to re-up cano-I think they don't want to have so many older players anymore signed long term through their late 30s

I'm getting the same feeling you are, jgb. If Hamilton can commant $125 mil with all of his problems, Boras will want at least $150 mil for Cano if not more. That's a lot of scratch for a player who will be 31 years old at the end of next year.

December 16, 2012  01:24 PM ET
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I'm getting the same feeling you are, jgb. If Hamilton can commant $125 mil with all of his problems, Boras will want at least $150 mil for Cano if not more. That's a lot of scratch for a player who will be 31 years old at the end of next year.

*command

December 16, 2012  01:39 PM ET
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Not so sure about that. He may be the big reason behind the salary dump and one year contracts they are giving out. If he is making $15 million this year, then you are only adding about $12 million more to resign him next year and beyond. Petitte or Kuroda or Youk money as examples.It will not be about money if he is not resigned.

I'm trying to think what that team looks like when all those contracts come off the books. It certainly does not look like a championship contender even if they re-sign Cano.

If the Yankees re-sign him, sadly, I believe it will be only to appease the fans, a la David Wright.

December 16, 2012  01:43 PM ET

Wow! - I just checked - Wells is owed $42 million over the next two years. That is insane. Obviously the Angels are eating the great majority of that if they have any intention of moving Wells.

If I'm Cashman, and incredibly desperate, in fact so desperate that I'm seriously considering acquiring Vernon Wells, I'm offering to pick up no more than $5 mil in 2013 and $0.00 in 2014 when they are trying to get under $189 million.

I am still in shock that this is even a remote possibility.

 
December 16, 2012  01:45 PM ET

<tips cap to alacran>

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