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Vernon Wells

35-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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Wells appeared rejuvenated in April, hitting .300 with six home runs, but it was all downhill from there, and he had just five more long balls in 334 at-bats from May 1 on. The 35-year-old Wells was b...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 230   DOB: 12/8/1978   BORN: Shreveport, LA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Released by the Yankees in January of 2014.

January 20, 2014  –  Vernon Wells News

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Vernon Wells Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 26 MAJ TOR 156 678 620 78 167 61 30 3 28 97 8 3 47 86 0 8 3 .269 .320 .463 .783
2006 27 MAJ TOR 154 677 611 91 185 77 40 5 32 106 17 4 54 90 0 9 3 .303 .357 .542 .899
2007 28 MAJ TOR 149 642 584 85 143 56 36 4 16 80 10 4 49 89 0 6 3 .245 .304 .402 .706
2008 29 A DUN 2 8 8 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
2008 29 AAA SYR 2 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .143
2008 29 MAJ TOR 108 466 427 63 128 43 22 1 20 78 4 2 29 46 0 7 3 .300 .343 .496 .840
2009 30 MAJ TOR 158 684 630 84 164 55 37 3 15 66 17 4 48 86 0 5 1 .260 .311 .400 .711
2010 31 MAJ TOR 157 646 590 79 161 78 44 3 31 88 6 4 50 84 0 3 3 .273 .331 .515 .847
2011 32 A+ INL 2 7 5 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .200 .429 .400 .829
2011 32 MAJ LAA 131 529 505 60 110 44 15 4 25 66 9 4 20 86 0 3 1 .218 .248 .412 .660
2012 33 AAA SAL 7 28 26 2 8 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 0 6 0 0 2 .308 .357 .577 .934
2012 33 MAJ LAA 77 262 243 36 56 20 9 0 11 29 3 1 16 35 0 2 1 .230 .279 .403 .682
2013 34 MAJ NYY 130 458 424 45 99 27 16 0 11 50 7 3 30 73 0 4 0 .233 .282 .349 .631
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3-Year Averages     112 415 390 47 88 29 13 1 15 48 6 2 22 64 0 3 0 .226 .265 .379 .645
Career  (View All)     1731 7,212 6,642 930 1,794 683 379 34 270 958 109 37 472 956 2 65 31 .270 .319 .459 .778

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Vernon Wells: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 1 1 1 96 73 23 22
2012 74 69 6 2 1
2011 122 111 12 10 7
2010 151 151 4
2009 155 155 1

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Vernon Wells Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013182254184.269.379.697
2012759280.227.373.671

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013242207323.207.326.580
2012168279213.232.417.686

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013198235214.197.303.553
2012131175171.221.389.662

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013226226293.265.389.699
2012112196122.241.420.705
Vernon Wells Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 26 MAJ TOR 678 620 6.9% 12.7% 0.55 86% .275 .194
2006 27 MAJ TOR 677 611 8% 13.3% 0.60 85% .313 .239
2007 28 MAJ TOR 642 584 7.6% 13.9% 0.55 85% .265 .157
2008 29 A DUN 8 8 0% 37.5% 0.00 63% .800 .000
2008 29 AAA SYR 7 6 14.3% 0% 0.00 100% .000 .000
2008 29 MAJ TOR 466 427 6.2% 9.9% 0.63 89% .299 .196
2009 30 MAJ TOR 684 630 7% 12.6% 0.56 86% .282 .140
2010 31 MAJ TOR 646 590 7.7% 13% 0.60 86% .274 .242
2011 32 A+ INL 7 5 28.6% 14.3% 2.00 80% .250 .200
2011 32 MAJ LAA 529 505 3.8% 16.3% 0.23 83% .216 .194
2012 33 AAA SAL 28 26 0% 21.4% 0.00 77% .333 .269
2012 33 MAJ LAA 262 243 6.1% 13.4% 0.46 86% .228 .173
2013 34 MAJ NYY 458 424 6.6% 15.9% 0.41 83% .259 .116
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3-Year Averages     415 390 5.3% 15.4% 0.34 84% .235 .153
Career     7,212 6,642 6.5% 13.3% 0.49 86% .281 .189

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Vernon Wells: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Wells was released by the Yankees on Wednesday.

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Wells was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Friday, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

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Wells' single off righthander Steve Delabar gave the Yankees the lead in their victory over Toronto on Wednesday.

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Wells went 2-for-2 with his 11th homer Tuesday against the Angels.

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Wells is out of the Yankees lineup Friday against the Tigers, MLB.com reports.

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Wells went 3-for-4 with two doubles Monday against the White Sox and also started at first base for the first time in his career.

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Wells is out of the Yankees' lineup Tuesday at the Dodgers, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

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Wells is out of the Yankees lineup Friday vs. the Rays, The Journal News reports.

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Wells was 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Tuesday's game, and is hitting .327 so far in July.

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Wells is not in Wednesday's starting lineup, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports.

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Wells had a walkoff single in the Yankees' win over Baltimore on Friday.

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Wells had his best game in weeks Thursday against the Twins, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

The emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo resigned Wells to a platoon role last season and he did little to indicate that he's worthy of more than that. Before coming over to the Angels in a trade, he was a pretty good (albeit inconsistent) player with an awful contract. Now he looks like a scrub who is set to make $42 million over the next two seasons. Apparently the Angels want to move him, but they are unlikely to find a trade partner unless they are willing to part with top prospects or eat nearly all of Wells' salary. That means he'll probably be back in Los Angeles this year, serving as the team's fourth or fifth outfielder.

2012

Wells hit 25 home runs in his first season in Anaheim, but he also had a career-worst .218 batting average and totaled just 66 RBI. Still, Wells may actually be somewhat of a bounce-back candidate in 2012. His average probably can't get any worse, so if he can maintain his power stroke, his counting numbers should increase with Albert Pujols in town. Wells is worth a late-round draft pick in most formats, and there are plenty of circles where he's undervalued because of his terrible contract.

2011

Wells bounced back in a big way last season, hitting .273 with 31 homers and 88 RBI for Toronto. He's now entering the cringe-inducing portion of his contract as he's set to make $21-$23 million in each of the next four years. There's virtually no way he'll earn that, but the Jays would be thrilled with a repeat performance of his 2010 campaign. There wasn't a drastic change to his approach at the plate, so tread carefully if you're chasing his power spike as he hadn't topped 20 homers since 2006 prior to last year's outburst.

2010

To borrow a phrase from Monty Python, "ALBATROSS!". That's exactly what Wells' contract has become to the Jays as he's owed over $100 million in a contract that runs until 2014. In all fairness, he may have failed to reach the lofty heights some were hoping for from a fantasy perspective, but he's far from a sinkhole. He did manage to swipe a career-high 17 bases to go along with 15 homers and 84 runs scored in 2009. He'll be back as the team's starting center fielder and those in AL-only formats can bid with confidence as his contract makes him virtually untradeable.

2009

Wells battled hamstring and wrist injuries but still managed 20 homers and 78 RBI while playing in just 108 games. He had played in over 130 games in the previous six seasons, so hopefully this isn't an early sign of a player breaking down. Despite the likelihood of a reduced price on draft day, he just turned 30 in December and should have a few more productive seasons ahead of him.

2008

Wells never got on track after signing a big contract the previous winter, and eventually went under the knife for a torn labrum that likely contributed to his season-long struggles. He had a solid April (.298/.368/.543, four homers, five steals) but it was downhill after that. If he's fully healthy for the start of the season, Wells is a solid bet to bounce back in some capacity in 2008.

2007

Wells enjoyed his best season since 2003 last year, including a career-high 17 stolen bases. His home/road splits were massive -- 1.038 OPS and 24 homers at home vs. a .762 OPS and eight homers on the road -- so it's good he signed a five-year contract extension this offseason. His first half showed real growth, including a nice 35:46 K:BB in 325 at-bats, but he fell apart (19:44 in 286 at-bats) during the second half. He's shown wild fluctuations in the past, so be aware the possibility exists again. A pretty solid supporting cast should mask most of it, however.

2006

Wells rebounded modestly after a subpar 2004, but it was mainly because he was healthy again. It still wasn't as good as his 2003, but at 27, anything's possible. It looks like he has a ceiling at 30 HR and a .270 average, but could produce more runs and RBI with a stronger supporting cast.

2005

Wells' 2003 was such a jump over his 2002 numbers that it's wasn't entirely unexpected he came back down to earth last year. He's starting to get a grasp of the strike zone so there's some chance for a rebound, but he may never reach his 2003 level again. Bid expecting a healthier Wells as calf problems sidelined him nearly a full month.

2004

Twenty four-year old centerfielders who pound out 87 extra base hits are a rare breed. He hit just 10 HRs and drove in 33 runs after the All-Star Break, but hit .344. Wells had three months (June, August and September) where he hit .343 or higher, which is tough to maintain given his somewhat low walk total. It's tough to maintain a 140-point spike in your OPS from the previous season, but he's at that age where it's reasonable to expect it and the jump came along with a decent spike in his walk rate. Expect his numbers month-to-month to be more consistent in 2004, but the overall totals should be similar to 2003 again.

2003

We'd feel a lot better about his second half breakout (.286, 13 HRs, 58 RBI) if it was accompanied by a more patient approach at the plate, but it wasn't. He's at that age where you can expect a big jump in production, so we certainly won't dismiss the progress he made. He's due to hit in the middle of a good young lineup, which will help his overall numbers. Don't overpay based on his second half stats, but his end of the year numbers should be similar again and they aren't too shabby.