If you are wondering how Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. makes out his free-agent wish list these days, it might go something like this: Older than 35? Check. Hits under .240? Check. Comes cheap? Check. Fat? Check.
All of those checkmarks fit nicely next to Amaro’s next rumored target, Vernon Wells. He certainly fits the Amaro profile: He’s 35 and coming off an underwhelming year at the plate that saw him hit .233 and, to be kind, he’s not in the best shape of his career.
The reaction from Philadelphia has to be one big yawn again.
Yeah, that’s the way to get the fans out of their winter hibernation and ordering those season tickets. Late of the New York Yankees, Wells’ power numbers were not good either. He only hit 11 home runs. He was recently released by the Yankees and is a career .270 hitter. For the Phils, his major (only) attraction is that he’s a right-handed bat and would be joining a top-heavy lineup of left-handed hitters that include the starting first, second and third basemen (Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cody Asche) and their best outfield hitter (Domonic Brown).
The Phillies are the only known team interested in Wells. He also fits the Amaro profile of signing players in another way too, as the team has taken a chance on a veteran outfielder in each of the last three years, with last year’s acquisition of 2012 ALCS MVP Delmon Young a perfect example. He was also a perfect example of a flop, as the Phillies had to sub for him in late innings for defensive purposes and he did not give them the power numbers they expected.
While Wells might be better than nothing, that’s certainly debatable. Chances are signing him won’t move the needle of interest among Phils’ fans either way.