According to a report via Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Phillies for whatever reason have expressed interest in signing a player who many think has placed one foot into retirement.
Vernon Wells, OF, free agent — It’ll be interesting to see whether Wells elects to retire and collect $21 million or hook on with another team after his release by the Yankees. One American League special assistant said, “It’s a no-brainer if you need a righthanded bat. He still hits lefties well [.269 last season], can play the outfield, not like he used to, but he’s basically a minimum-salary guy for any team since the Angels are still paying most of the freight.” The Phillies have expressed some interest, but a few teams are beginning to consider a look-see for the 35-year-old former All-Star.
Wells who was once a very productive player, started the season off strongly for the Yankees last year but as the months progressed he regressed. I guess if you’re the Phillies the risk and financial commitment would be unsubstantial so why not.