The New York Yankees‘ trade for Vernon Wells, and the $13 million he’s due to make, both shocked and did not surprise the Twittersphere.
On the one hand, Wells posted batting averages of .218 and .230 in his two years with the Los Angeles Angels, making this kind of contract a stay-away. On the other hand, the Yanks tend to throw around money like there’s an endless supply — which perhaps there is.
Social media, go!
“Vernon Wells reportedly headed to Yankees. Never been an athlete paid more for less output. He makes Mike Hampton feel like a coupon,” quipped Colin Cowherd.
I bet @MLBMeme and all meme-producing entities are all over this. Yes, I was correct: “You either die the villain, or live long enough to become a bigger villain.” I will almost always condone a “Dark Knight” reference.
It seems the Yankees are hoping the 34-year-old outfielder returns to his old, old form from when he earned two Gold Gloves and regularly belted 30-40 homers, 1o0 or so RBI with the Toronto Blue Jays–Or somewhere close to that I guess.
He must do just that to move up the rankings in Jonah Keri’s recent article tweeted out by Grantland: “Vernon Power Rankings — Where does Vernon Wells stand among the 30 best Vernons?”