Vernon Wells' Role On Los Angeles Angels Bench Won't Last Long

By Devin O'Barr

The Los Angeles Angels opening day starting outfield looks scarier than ever in 2013 and it doesn’t involve Vernon Wells. In my mind, the Angels would be making a huge mistake by starting Peter Bourjos over Wells  in the coming MLB season.

Torn ligaments in Wells’ thumb derailed his 2012 season as he missed over two months with the injury suffered on May 21st last year. Now, Josh Hamilton is going to bring an added dimension to the Angels offense without a doubt. He has clubbed countless homers versus the Angels in years prior and this year he will be doing it for the Halos.

The combination of Mike Trout and Hamilton will drive fear into any opposing pitcher as both are definite MVP candidates. With a veteran like Wells manning the corner outfield spot for the Angels the outfield would be that much better. To think that a spotty and inconsistent player like Bourjos gives the team a better chance at victory than Wells is asinine.

Wells has played 14 MLB seasons and compiled over 250 home runs being just two seasons removed from a year with 25 home runs.

The rumor mill has Trout moving to left field and Bourjos manning center field to start the season but, I see no reason why the team would move Trout to left after such a great year with Wells waiting in the wings. Playing 66 games in left field last year I have no doubt Wells will be a factor in 2013.

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