The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, but I'm not ready to stop talking trade just yet. As we all know, trades can still happen via the waiver process now. Typically, the only players that make it through waivers are players with big contracts that nobody wants to claim or players who aren't good enough for anyone to want to claim. Turns out the Angels have one of each of those and they are both the same person. That would be one Mr. Vernon Wells.
It was only a few weeks ago that I published a jocular post about how unlikely it would be for the Angels to trade Wells, but I've reconsidered. Wells and his 0-for-coming off the DL hasn't done much to change things, but seeing some of the rumors that popped up combined with the kind of desperation that infects certain teams as they make a run at a playoff spot and there could be a chance that someone does the Angels a favor and takes Vernon Wells off their hands.
We all give Wells a lot of grief, but 18 months ago he was coming off a very productive season and even in his disastrous 2011 campaign he hit lefties to the tune of an .851 OPS. Plus, he does still rate as a quality defender in left field.
But don't get too excited, no matter how desperate teams get, they aren't going to get desperate enought to take on much of Wells' contract, however there is a value to the Halos if they can clear a roster spot, add a low-level prospect and save some pocket change.
So who wants to help a JeDi out?