When I heard that the Yankees were in talks with the Angels about acquiring Vernon Wells, I tried to lighten my own mood by tweeting a joke:
Hey, maybe Alex Rodriguez is going in exchange for Vernon Wells!#GraspingAtStraws#Yankees
— Bernadette Pasley (@LadyBatting) March 24, 2013
It didn't make me feel any better.
What in the world is going on here? Vernon Wells?
Actually it's quite simple: The Yankees are all about winning the World Series. They think they have a better chance of winning it with aging, over-paid veterans like Wells than with others who a) still have something in the tank like Juan Rivera and Brennan Boesch or b) youngsters like Melky Mesa and Ronnier Mustelier.
I'm sick of it. First it was Derrek Lee. Then Scott Rolen. Then Chipper Jones. Now Vernon Wells, and this one looks like it's really going to happen, Mark Teixeira's injury being the apparent reason for it. The WBC will pay Tex's salary while he is on the DL, freeing up money to pay Wells.
That money totals about $7 million this year. However, Wells has two years left on his deal. If media reports are accurate, the Yankees will be picking up $13 million of the $42 million remaining on Wells's deal. Some reports are stating that they will pay out the entire $13 million this year. If that is the case, they might actually be paying even more:
If Yanks pay $13mn in 2013, it means Wells will cost them almost $20mn. There's no way to justify such an extreme expenditure.
— The Captain's Blog (@williamnyy23) March 25, 2013
When I asked for an explanation of this tweet, I was told that the $20 million includes the "luxury tax on incremental payroll (50% of $13 million)."
If this is all true, it sounds like someone in the front office dropped the ball. How could they not know this? I'm going to go out on a limb and say this isn't true.
If only I could say this entire idiotic deal isn't true.