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Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

Posted on: January 21, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Napoli That would be the Jays, not the Rays.

An earlier report had the Rays trying to acquire Angels catcher Mike Napoli, but Toronto has come away with the slugger, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal .

While the Angels need a power bat, the club has never been high on Napoli and he only earned playing time in 2010 once Kendry Morales went down for the season with an injury. That opened up first base for Napoli, and he banged 26 home runs thanks to the opportunity. It was the third straight year Napoli has hit over 20 home runs, as he has forced his way into playing time before.

He'll have no trouble gaining playing time in Toronto, where he will likely steal some at-bats at catcher from J.P. Arencibia -- if not cause Arencibia to be demoted to the minors entirely. He should also play some first base and DH in a time-share with Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Travis Snider.

If the club moves Jose Bautista to third base -- a decision likely to take place in spring training, although the alternative is the unimpressive John McDonald -- then Snider could play left, Napoli first and Lind DH, with Encarnacion coming off the bench. That would appear to be the best option offensively. Questions do remain about Arencibia's defense behind the dish and Bautista's preference to play right instead of moving back to the hot corner, however, and the Blue Jays are expected to try to get Rajai Davis into the starting lineup.

On the Angels' side, this move could open up a return of Vladimir Guerrero or Manny Ramirez -- or even Scott Podsednik -- to town now that Napoli's contract is off the books. He still has yet to settle in arbitration, but the team's offer was $5.3 million, so he cannot earn any less than that. Napoli is asking for $6.1 million.

Vernon Wells UPDATE : Rosenthal adds that the player going back to the Angels is Vernon Wells.

To say this is a surprise would be an understatement. Toronto must be kicking in serious cash to replace Wells, as the center fielder is owed $86 million over the next four years. This is for a player who hit .272/.331/.515 in 2010... his best year since 2006. Oh, and did we mention the defense?

It's too early to judge this trade as this deal clearly has to be bigger than Wells for Napoli. 

For one, what does this mean for Torii Hunter and Peter Bourjos in Los Angeles? Abreu could be ticketed for DH, but Bourjos could also lose a starting spot with Wells or Hunter playing right. If it's Abreu headed to DH, one would think that Bourjos would stay in center with Wells shifting to left field.

Toronto, meanwhile, could shift Rajai Davis to center field, which would allow them to keep Bautista in right and still fit in the players they plan to start.

UPDATE : Rosenthal has come out with more . Wells is expected to stay in center field with Hunter staying in right. Yeah, because keeping a nine-time Gold Glove winner in right is such a smart idea. Hunter may not be Gold Glove caliber anymore, but he's better than anything Wells can do in center.

Rosenthal also adds that Juan Rivera -- whom the Angels were trying to clear out along with his $5.25 million salary -- could be in the deal as well. Rivera would likely platoon in left and DH if so.

Peter Bourjos appears ticketed for either Triple-A or Toronto.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets the deal is indeed Napoli and Rivera to Toronto for Wells and cash. The question now is just how much cash -- Napoli and Rivera combined will make about half of what Wells is owed in 2011.

UPDATE: Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press tweets the Jays won't be sending money to Anaheim, but that seems highly unlikely.

UPDATE: The Angels have announced the deal, but the biggest question -- how much money the Angels will receive in return -- is still unanswered.

UPDATE: Well, Davidi was right -- there is no money changing hands, senior writer Danny Knobler tells me. The Angels are now on the hook for the entire $86 million left on Wells' contract. Every. Single. Penny.


UPDATE: And what would this story be without another update -- apparently the Blue Jays are throwing in $5 million. So, instead of owing Wells $86 million, they'll just owe him $81 million, which was nice of them.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:57 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

Karch28, you Canuck!!!  Learn how to spell and punctuate correctly, you hoser!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:47 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

Karch28, who are you to say that about an american, and then blast your own coutrymate, shame on you, you must be from BC.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:44 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

No money sent to the Angels!!!!!???  this is better then Christmas!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:44 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

No worries, Manny sign with the Tampa Red Sox.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:04 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

@String & Hibbby6:

String, although I do agree that someone like this SHOULD lose posting privledges, it is posts by American's like Hibbby6 that make me proud to be a Canadian and really show that the illiteracy problem in the States is getting worse with each passing day!!  Please, if you have to ask how I know he is American, then you must be one too. 

Great deal, getting rid of Well's and his contract was, well, "Do you believe in miracles?"  Just want to end with saying that  even though a great trade for the Jays, Well's was a class act and a classy person!!  Good luck to you in Halo country!!

PS:  Please know that @Jays 4 life doesn't speak for all us Canucks and it is sad that he has no like except for posting similar comments over and over again.  I really hope he gets to see a naked girl soon without having to pay for that pleasure!!!

Since: Jan 21, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:52 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

This is fantastic news.  Thank-you Vernon for what you have done, but your contract had to go.  I dont care if we eat a huge chunk b/c it will still be better than paying him over the term of the contract.  To get Napoli back is a huge bonus since he can mash and hopefully break in Arencibia so the pressure isnt all on him this upcoming year.  Rivera is kind of s super utilty OF/1st so he will get his AB's.
AA is making me proud of the Jays again.  Gose is the future so let him know there is a spot waiting for him, make him work for it and bring him up when the time is right.  This also truely shows how desparate the Angels are to beef up the offense and try and win that division.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:48 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

@ Hibbby6:

hey moron-- I'm sure the Angels did not eat the entire contract, the dumb canucks are eating a considerable amount of the money on this deal

Is it really necessary to post like this?  Right off the bat you call someone a moron.  Then call the Jays "dumb canucks," however, I get the impression that the latter insult was directed not only at the Jays, but Canadians as a whole.  It's nonsensical people like you that really should have their posting privileges removed.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

That was @ JAYS4LIFE, by the way.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

If the Jays sign Manny Ramirez, I will never attend another Jays game!

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 7:19 pm
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