News just broke earlier Friday afternoon of a Mike Napoli trade between the Angels and Blue Jays, but according to the latest tweet from Ken Rosenthal, this just got real. How real? Headed from the Blue Jays to the Angels is, reportedly, none other than Vernon Wells.
It's unknown whether there are other players involved, or if this is a straight-up one-for-one. What we do know is that Wells brings with him a mammoth contract that will pay him $23 million in 2011 and $21 million each season between 2012-2014. His contract gives him a full no-trade clause, but it seems that will be waived.
One assumes that the Blue Jays will pay a very significant portion of Wells' remaining contract.
The 32-year-old Wells has batted .275 over the past three seasons, with a .466 slugging percentage. He doesn't do a great job of reaching base, he's beyond his prime, and he's considered to be a below-average defensive outfielder. That said, he brings a lot of experience and a decent power bat that should, for the time being, fit into the middle of the Angels' lineup.