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Angels needed to act, but . . .

Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 9:36 pm
 
Remember when I said the Angels had to do something big, that they had to land someone big, that if they didn't get Carl Crawford and they didn't get Adrian Beltre, they had to get someone big?

Maybe I was wrong.

The Angels just got someone big, someone who hit 31 home runs last year, someone who has been on the All-Star team three times. After a winter in which the Angels seemed to fear every big contract, the Angels just got someone with one of the biggest contracts in the game.

And it's hard to get away from the thought that they were better off when they were doing nothing.

Now they've traded Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli to the Blue Jays for Vernon Wells, and the question people in baseball were asking Friday night was, "Why?" Or, more accurately, "WHY????"

Wells was once a good player, but he's now 32 years old and still has four years and $86 million remaining on a contract that until Friday was considered one of the most untradeable in the game. And the Angels, incredibly, took on the entire $86 million (although they'll save about $11 million on Rivera and Napoli).

The Angels are obviously convinced that Wells' 2010 season (31 home runs, an .847 OPS and stunning home-road splits) is the sign of a mid-career bounceback, and maybe a sign that Wells' earlier problems were a result of a wrist problem (see colleague Scott Miller's column from last May).

But what if it isn't?

Any big free agent is a risk. Any big trade is a risk. But as Scott said when I told him of the trade Friday night, this one feels like a slugger who has been striking out all night and goes up in the late innings and just swings wildly for the fences.

Maybe the Angels hit a home run with Wells. Just as likely, it's just another strikeout -- and a hugely expensive strikeout, at that.

Crawford would have been a risk, too, but he would have helped change an Angels offense that has gotten older and less athletic as the years have gone on. Wells, who is 32 and signed through 2014, does none of that.

He gives the Angels a guy who once led the league with 49 doubles -- but that was eight years ago, when he was 24. He gives a guy who has three 100-RBI seasons -- but the last of those was five years ago, when he was 27.

He's a big name, and the Angels will have an easier time saying they've made a splash with this move (unlike in December, when general manager Tony Reagins said he'd made one by signing middle reliever Hisanori Takahashi).

But it's hard to get away from the thought that this splash will hit them right between the eyes.


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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:36 pm
 

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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:52 am
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:56 am
 

Angels needed to act, but . . .

Your opinion. I hope you're right, but these moves have convinced me that AA has no clue what he's doing.


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