November 22, 2009

The Least Valuable Player Awards: Vernon Wells takes the American League award while Milton Bradley sucks equally over in the Senior Circuit.

posted by justgary to baseball at 05:40 PM - 7 comments

Interestingly enough, there have been rumours of a Milton Bradley - Vernon Wells trade.
As a Jays fan, I'd do the deal in a heartbeat, were it a straight up exchange.
Unfortunately, the Cubs want each team to cover half of each players salary. That would be a deal breaker for the small market bottom line oriented Blue Jays ownership.

Sorry, that was off topic.
V.W. is completely worthy of the award.

posted by tommybiden at 07:53 PM on November 22, 2009

I'd gladly pay the Cubs $10 million for five seasons to take Vernon Wells off our hands if it meant we could spend the other $10 million on a new CF once Bradley was out of town. That deal is going to handcuff whoever is in the G.M. position until it is off the books.

posted by dfleming at 10:23 PM on November 22, 2009

A scout once told me that Bradley is the only high school player he ever scouted who hit a home run and did not have a single teammate come out to congratulate him.

He's been an ass for a loooong time, apparently. I would release Wells outright before I paid him the kind of money he's scheduled to make.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:07 AM on November 23, 2009

I would release Wells outright before I paid him the kind of money he's scheduled to make.

You're thinking of football. Releasing Wells wouldn't change the terms of his contract. Unless he has a clause that pays him a little more for being released.

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on November 23, 2009

I'm calling it here first -- Vernon hits .285 next season with 30 dongs and 110 RBI. Not worth $20M a year, mind you, but more in line with what he's capable of.*

*I'm not just saying that because I just picked up a huge Vernon Wells baseball card collection and own one of his game jerseys. Not at all. Not one bit.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:53 AM on November 23, 2009

First thing I did was to check how they managed to miss Betancourt and Soriano for this, I thought they would be the clear winners. Looks like they were the runners up.

I can't imagine any player this decade who was worse than Yuni while still being an everyday player but I can live with it.

posted by deflated at 06:53 PM on November 23, 2009

Neifi Perez was pretty bad.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:15 PM on November 23, 2009

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