The silly season (Vernon Wells)

The silly season (Vernon Wells)

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 13:36
There's a report out of Toronto talking about a possible Cubs trade of Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays for Vernon Wells: http://www.torontosun.com/sports/columnists/bob_elliott/2009/10/31/11588... There's even a quote in the story from a "Cubs official": "It's early on, but we think this one has legs. But they aren't the only team we're talking with." Let's stop and think here a minute, shall we? First off, the highest-ranking of Cubs officials who make these kinds of decisions don't talk about them and not in those terms. Certainly Jim Hendry and Randy Bush don't. And today, a Cubs person reacted with incredulity to the report, asking if anybody really thinks the Cubs would take on the kind of money Wells has coming as part of a ridiculous seven-year, $126 million contract that runs through 2014. (The Cubs already have an outfielder of their own with a ridiculous contract.) So the bottom line is that there are no "legs" or any other body parts to this rumor. It is not happening. Aside from the money, Wells has declined offensively and is terrible defensively, with a UZR rating of -17.6 this year. Wells' hitting line this year: .260/.311/.400 for an OPS of .711. His OPS-plus was 87. His weighted on-base average (wOBA) was only .314. Yikes. He also had 15 homers and 66 RBI in 158 games after hitting 20 homers and driving in 78 in 2008 in 108 games. Bradley's line: .277/.378/.397 for a .775 OPS. His OPS-plus was 101. The Cubs will trade Bradley, but they aren't going to do anything so monumentally dumb like trading him to Toronto for Vernon Wells. And to think these kinds of rumors are just starting.
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