Originally Posted by Bourne101
He is the best pitcher in baseball (and has been at various points in his career), but the Jays are lacking in so many areas that a big trade could seriously benefit them and give them some good young pitching as well as maybe a fielder or two. I don't think they should do it right now, because he still has another year on his contract, but if next year they are struggling at this point in the year I would trade him because he won't sign again with the Blue Jays if they are not contending.
If Riccardi knew what he was doing, he would trade Wells. It's obvious to see that Wells does not enjoy playing for the Blue Jays and if they traded him (and maybe one other player) they could get some solid young talent in return and they wouldn't have to worry about Wells' disinterest.
That is one big contract to take a chance on. He is not anywhere near worth 20 plus million for four years. I think JP should take less in talent back if the team that gets Halladay also takes Wells.
Vernon Wells of
7 years/$126M (2008-14)
* 7 years/$126M (2008-14)
o signed extension with Toronto 12/06
o $25.5M signing bonus (paid in 3 $8.5M installments, March 1 2008-10)
o 08:$0.5M, 09:$1.5M, 10:$12.5M, 11:$23M, 12:$21M, 13:$21M, 14:$21M
o full no-trade clause
o Wells may opt out of contract after 2011
o award bonuses: $0.25M for MVP, $0.2M for World Series MVP, $0.15M for LCS MVP, $0.1M for receiving most All-Star votes in league
o Wells to donate $143,000 annually to Blue Jays charity
Think he will opt out in 2011? lol