Angels Rumors: Vernon Wells Likely to Remain in LA

While Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has been involved in several trade rumors this offseason, it is “very” likely that he remains with the Halos, according to Alden Gonzalez of

The chances of Wells remaining with the Angels were increased by the Philadelphia Phillies’ agreement with free agent Delmon Young. The Phillies were one of Wells’ potential suitors.

The Angels have had a crowded outfield for several seasons now, and it continues to include Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, Josh Hamilton and Wells. Mark Trumbo has also manned the outfield, but he figures to see more time at first base and designated hitter with the trade of Kendrys Morales.

It was expected at one point that the Angels would trade Wells and some of his hefty remaining contract, but Gonzalez indicates he’ll at least start the season with the club.

The Angels acquired Wells from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera two offseasons ago. The 34-year-old has hit only .222/.258/.409 over 748 at-bats with Los Angeles, and he’s set to receive another $42 million over the next two seasons.

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