Vernon Wells to join in the New York decline
Over the last five seasons, Vernon Wells has hit .258 with 102 homers, 327 RBI, with a .306 OBP, .448 slugging pct., and .754 OPS. He has struck out 337 times in 2587 PA.
That, of course, only tells part of the of the story.
When you look at the five seasons from 2002-06, Wells hit .288 with 139 homers, 487 RBI, with a .336 OBP, .499 slugging pct., and .835 OPS. He struck out 424 times in 3328 PA.
The differences are astounding.
Still just 34, Wells is approaching the final two years of the seven-year, $126 million contract he signed with the Jays in 2008. They traded him to the Angels before the start of the 2011 season and these two years have been awful, with Wells hitting just .222 wth 36 homers.
Wells with the Angels
Over the last two seasons, he's hit .218 against the fastball, .218 against the change-up, .155 against the curve, and .235 against the slider.
On to New York
Now, he is heading to the Yankees with the New Yorkers responsible or around $13M of the remaining two years of the contract and there are discussions being held as to whether New York can pay most of that in the 2013 season with the hope of getting under 189M prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Over the last five seasons, Wells hasn't shown much in New York, but it is better than in some other locales
Wells has hit .277 (32-118) with seven homers (six hit 2008-10) and 21 strikeouts.
Stranger things have happened, but all indications are the Yanks have not done much to improve themselves with this move, but only time will tell.