Friday, January 21, 2011
All's Well That Ends Wells
Alex Anthopoulos has done what many of us considered impossible, trade Vernon Wells and get the other team to pay his entire salary. Not only that, the Blue Jays get a few somewhat useful pieces in return in Mike Napoli and to a lesser extent Juan Rivera. This will probably take me a few days to digest the ramifications of what this will mean, but for now let's reflect on the career of Vernon Wells as a Blue Jay.
Truth be told Vernon Wells was one of the all time greatest Blue Jays and over his time with the team he has established many franchise records. It wasn't his fault that the team decided to give him the $126 million contract, which ironically in the end turned out to be a 3 year $40 million dollar deal for the Jays, a quite reasonable contract with all things considered. So am I sad to see him go? Of course not, but I am appreciative of what he has done for the team, so on behalf of all Jays fans I'd like to leave you with this:
Thank you Vernon for everything you have given us, it was quite the roller coaster ride and as fans we should have treated you better. We wish you nothing but the best and hope you enjoy your time in Anaheim, and oh...don't let the door hit you on the way out!