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And with that Earth-shaking thunderclap, Vernon Wells‘ OBP dipped below .300. Even though they all knew it was coming, it STILL scared the Yankees Scarier yet: they have to keep playing him.

Tease as we might, the Yankees got all they needed out of Vernon Wells. They stayed above water when all their starters were out. The inevitable regression (at the speed of sound, apparently) won’t surprise anyone, least of all the Yankees front office who saw their best case scenario play out.

Now, if they have to continue relying on him, well that’s a whole ‘nother matter.

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox

The 2013 is full of terrific redemption stories, most of them residing on the New York Yankees. Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells are putting together seasons many refused to believe they still had in them.

Vernon Well, in particular, looks like a new man. A few changes to his swing and setup have the former Blue Jays center fielder swinging like it’s 2006. Or 2010. Maybe 2003. One of those odd years in which Vernon Wells is good, I can’t tell which one.

While Vernon Wells might steal all the headlines with his multi-positional verstality and (dead cat) bounce back to relevance, he isn’t the only recovering Blue Jays outfielder putting together a solid first half in 2013. Wells’ old outfield mate Alex Rios is swinging the bat better than just about any outfielder in baseball, actually.

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First, he came for our third baseman. Then, Vernon Wells came for our souls. The former dead money contract is now one of the best offensive contributors in baseball as we near the first quarter pole. Vernon Wells, inexplicably, owns a .387 wOBA and 10 home runs, hitting another in last night’s 12-2 loss to the Mariners.

He also owns a new notch in his infielder’s belt, as recovering five tool stud Vernon Wells played the infield for the second time this season, serving 1/3 of an inning at second base last night – while shortstop Albert Gonzalez pitched! Gonzalez coaxed a shallow fly ball from Robert Andino, showcasing low 80s cheese in his first professional pitching foray.

Never a dull moment with the Yankees, who also allowed reliever Brett Marshall to throw 108 pitches over 5.2 innings. The bullpen (and infielders) were pressed into duty after Phil Hughes recorded exactly one more out than the man who started the game at shortstop.

New York Yankees v Colorado Rockies

Vernon Wells is proof no contract is untradeable. Perhaps more accurately, he’s proof no former talent goes uncoveted.

It was easy to mock the Yankees when they acquired Vernon Wells in late March, but what else were they going to do? The outfield was decimated by Curtis Granderson‘s broken wrist, and the club desperately needed a right-handed outfielder. The free agent market was empty. Vernon Wells hit .222/.258/.409 from 2011 to 2012. But nobody available could be expected to do much better, and certainly none of them had done anything like Wells’s 2003 (.317/.359/.550), 2006 (.303/.357/.542), 2008 (.300/.343/.496) or, most notably, his 2010 (.273/.331/.515).

But what Wells has done this year blows past what anybody could (or should) have predicted. Wells hit his ninth home run in Sunday’s win over the Royals, and his batting line is up to .295/.343/.530 — he’s playing about as well as he ever has.

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There are two ways to write the “words” part of this video-based post. One angle would be to marvel at the ability of a player like Vernon Wells, to take a “these guys are good!” approach.

After all, Vernon Wells, he of more than 13700 career innings as an outfielder and zero career innings playing as an infielder, took up the hot corner for the Yankees last night after a flurry of Binderism left the Yankees one infielder short. Vernon Wells stepped in to serve as the Yankees third baseman for the ninth inning, where he helped protect a one-run lead and secure the W.

Awesome, right? No.

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners

UPDATE 1: Vernon has agreed to waive his no-trade clause. Two teams are close to making this official.

Well, Well, Well.

Just when you thought the New York Yankees would stay quiet on the trade front with all their injuries this spring, we get word that a potential deal with the Los Angeles Angels is in the works for former Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells.

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Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Your friend and mine Travis Reitsma passes on an Alden Gonzalez story regarding highly paid non-starting Angels outfielder Vernon Wells. The handsomely paid fourifth outfielder will walk away from the game when his current contract expires at the end of the 2014 season.

Though Wells will only be 35 at the end of next season, he will walk away from the game to spend time with his two young sons.

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