Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay a Fit for Angels OF Vernon Wells?

The Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies are “possible fits” for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays, according to sources, are among the other possible fits for Wells, who batted .230 last season with a .682 OPS in 262 plate appearances.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies, who are in the market for an outfielder, have intensified their efforts to sign free agent Cody Ross, meaning they may not be as interested in Wells. The Rays have a need for offense and may be willing to take a shot on the veteran outfielder.

Last season for the Angels Wells hit .230/.279/.403 with nine doubles and 11 home runs over 243 at-bats. While he’s struggled mightily since joining Los Angeles, the 34-year-old did hit .275/.327/.466 from 2008-10 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Angels know that if they are to facilitate a trade involving Wells they’ll need to eat a majority of the $42 million remaining on his contract over the next two years.

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