MLB Rumors: Vernon Wells

Marlins eyeing Vernon Wells? 

January, 24, 2014
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We've been waiting to see which teams might come forward as potential suitors for veteran outfielder Vernon Wells, who was released by the New York Yankees last week, and it appears that Miami is one of them. Perhaps, the only one.

Friday Roundup: Yankees rotation needs 

January, 10, 2014
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Most experts believe that the New York Yankees will be very aggresive in their pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka, who met with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, as his tour of teams interested in his services began in earnest.

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The New York Yankees have an abundance of outfielders on their current roster, which is one reason rumors have been swirling this winter in regards to possible trades of players like Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner. Could guys like Ichiro and Vernon Wells be on the outside looking in come April?

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Yankees 2014 OF options 

October, 24, 2013
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Will Curtis Granderson be back at Yankee Stadium next season? Although the current assumption is that the New York Yankees will offer the outfielder a one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million, the expectation is that he will not accept it, and instead test the free agent waters.

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Yankees future outfield 

June, 27, 2013
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The New York Yankees' future outfield, in the short term, is unclear. Curtis Granderson, now on the disabled list, is a free agent at season's end, and Ichiro's modest performances over the past few years, suggest he's best suited for a part-time role. Vernon Wells' strong start has subsided.

Brett Gardner seems set to hang onto the center field job, but who might flank him in 2014 isn't likely to be settled until the winter. The club has a multitude of options for the long-term future, however.

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The what-if game with the Yankees 

May, 31, 2013
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As I'm reading Dave Cameron's piece on the New York Yankees Friday -- Cameron writes that despite their early-season success in the win-loss column, the Yankees have struggled offensively and their pitchers' success with runners on base is unsustainable -- and I get to the final sentence: "The Yankees need their star hitters back."

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The Yanks without Granderson, again 

May, 25, 2013
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Following another costly hit by pitch, the New York Yankees will be without Curtis Granderson for a while again.

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Granderson's return 

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UPDATE: The Yankees officially activated Granderson from the disabled list prior to Tuesday night's game against the Mariners. Granderson is playing left field and batting cleanup. Lefty pitcher Vidal Nuno has been sent down to Triple-A.

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About 10 weeks after a pitch broke his right forearm, Curtis Granderson is on the verge of returning to the New York Yankees.

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What if Trumbo struggles early? 

March, 28, 2013
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Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo started 2012 with a bang. He batted .348 with a .396 on-base percentage through May, including 10 home runs. After that it was all down hill. Trumbo managed a paltry .237/.285/.434 with 118 strikeouts over the final 101 games he played. Which one is the real Trumbo?

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Breathing room for Bourjos 

March, 25, 2013
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The Los Angeles Angels apparently found a taker for Vernon Wells, agreeing to absorb a substantial portion of the outfielder’s remaining salary in order to ship him to the New York Yankees.


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Will Wells remain in Anaheim?

January, 23, 2013
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The Los Angeles Angels will be paying $21 million each of the next two seasons to Vernon Wells. The 34-year-old hasn't delivered an equivalent bang for the buck, and is currently the fourth outfielder behind Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos.

With spring training approaching, it seems more likely that Wells will remain with the Angels, at least for the time being. Philadelphia had been mentioned as a possible destination, but that option came off the board with Tuesday’s deal for Delmon Young.

Wells’ name also has been linked to the New York Yankees, who might be looking to add an extra bat in response to the health issues of Alex Rodriguez. But it remains to be seen if the suddenly fiscal-conscious Bronx Bombers will take on another big contract, especially for a player with declining numbers.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com tweeted Tuesday it is “very likely” Wells starts the season with the Angels.

Given that Bourjos is coming off a rough season at the plate (.220), the Angels may need to cover themselves with a veteran backup, especially since they may still be reluctant to go with the unproven Kole Calhoun as a fourth outfielder. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register made that point earlier this offseason.

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