Normally, I would save off-season trade ideas for, well, the off-season, but in light of recent events, I think this one needs to be considered right now. Not only that, but I'm going to turn this into a series because finding ways for the Angels to dump bad contracts this off-season is probably going to end up being something we all have to consider pretty frequently (thanks, Tony Reagins). So here it goes, the first suggestion in a line of trade ideas that make sense (and thus probably will never happen): Vernon Wells traded for former Angel and current terrible Red Sox pitcher John Lackey.
Let's start with the first criteria of a bad contract swap. Do both players suck? Let's see Wells has been on fire this month and his OPS is just .673. Check. And Lackey, he is carrying a 6.49 ERA, the worst ERA out of any qualified pitcher in baseball. Double check.
Now for the actual contracts. Wells, as every Angel fan knows all too well, is owed $21 million per year through the 2014 season. Ugh. Lackey's contract runs through 2014 as well, but is "only" for $15.95 million each year. Triple check.