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April 9, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Three games into the 2012 season, the Angels are concerned that Vernon Wells is pressing to bounce back from his career-worst 2011, when the left fielder hit .218 with a .248 on-base percentage, 25 home runs and 66 runs batted in. Wells hit .154 (two for 13) with four strikeouts in the season-opening three-game series against Kansas City, whiffing twice on Sunday on pitches that were well above the strike zone. Wells was summoned by Manager Mike Scioscia for a brief closed-door chat before Monday's game, and he was not in the lineup for the road opener against the Minnesota Twins in Target Field.
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June 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Sunday's Father's Day matchup between the Angels' Jered Weaver and the Yankees' CC Sabathia was billed as a battle of aces. But while Sabathia was dealing Weaver was reeling, matching a season high by giving up five runs in six innings of a 6-5 Yankees win that snapped a pair of streaks. For New York, the win ended the team's second five-game losing streak of the season. For the Angels the loss stopped a three-game winning streak - but they didn't go quietly, rallying for five ninth-inning runs to make the game close.
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September 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On Wednesday night, Vernon Wells' son did not feel well. On Thursday, as the Angels played an afternoon game in Anaheim, Wells' wife took his child to the doctor. Of all the things the Wells family considered hearing, this was not high on the list: "Your 7-year-old son needs an emergency appendectomy. " Wells got word at the ballpark and left the game in the eighth inning. The Angels flew to Texas after the game, but Wells remained with his family and flew to Texas late Friday.
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June 14, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Angels outfielder Vernon Wells didn't get much of a reaction from the Angel Stadium crowd in the second inning on Friday night, with a few cheers, a few boos and a lot of apathy greeting his first at-bat as a Yankee. And Wells, who drove the first pitch he saw to the warning track in left-center field for an out, couldn't say that surprised him since he said he had no idea what kind of greeting he would get. "I haven't really thought about it, to be honest," Wells said before the game.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioner's office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal. The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million on Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up $13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent Class-A pitcher Kramer Sneed and Class-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones to the Angels.
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March 8, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Albert Pujols is back in the Angels lineup, playing first base and batting third, and right-hander Dan Haren will make his exhibition debut against the Cleveland Indians in a noon PST game at Goodyear Ballpark. Vernon Wells is also batting cleanup and playing center field after drawing walks in each of his first two exhibition starts. Wells drew walks in consecutive games only once during a career-worst 2011 season, when he hit .218 with a .248 on-base percentage, 25 homers, 66 runs batted in and 20 walks.
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March 24, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Vernon Wells all but confirmed he was being traded to the New York Yankees on Sunday, acknowledging he was “excited” about going to the Bronx and that he had already said his goodbyes in the team's Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse. “We've had some talks, and some were very difficult,” Wells said. “I have some good friends on this team, some great teammates. Goodbyes are never easy.” Wells said he first learned of trade talks Sunday morning but that the deal wasn't 100% final as of early Sunday afternoon, when he packed his equipment bag and left the team's spring-training facility.
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July 18, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia provided a small - but important - piece of insight to the team's plan for Vernon Wells when the outfielder returns from a thumb injury that has sidelined him since May 21. Scioscia would not say what kind of role Wells, the team's starting left fielder when he got hurt, will have, but he did say his playing time will not come at the expense of All-Star outfielders Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. “I think Vernon understands the situation,” Scioscia said.
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November 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels and right fielder Torii Hunter have made little progress in contract talks, and the chances of the team extending a $13.3-million “qualifying offer” to the right fielder by Friday's deadline appear slim, according to a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them. “It's kind of disappointing, but what are you going to do?” Hunter said by phone from his home in Texas. “If they don't make an offer by Friday, I guess I'm out of there.” That's not necessarily true.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioner's office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal. The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million on Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up $13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent a pair of Class-A prospects, pitcher Kramer Sneed and outfielder Exicardo Cayones, to the Angels.
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June 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
From Wells to Ethier For all the magic Yasiel Puig worked in his first week in the major leagues, let us not overlook this trick: He turned Andre Ethier into Vernon Wells . The Angels took on the $86 million owed to Wells when they traded for him in 2011. He lost his job the next year, with the emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in the Angels' outfield, and he was traded to the New York Yankees this year. Of that $86 million, the Angels will end up paying $72 million.
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May 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - All the pieces seemed to fall into - and, in one case, out of - place this season for the Angels to have their most regular lineup in years. The infield was set. The trade of Kendrys Morales to Seattle assured that Peter Bourjos , a favorite of General Manager Jerry Dipoto , would start in center field and slugger Mark Trumbo would have a spot. And the March trade of outfielder Vernon Wells to the Yankees removed any temptation for Manager Mike Scioscia to tinker with the lineup by playing Wells too much.
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May 11, 2013
"In high school, report cards came out and our entire infield failed, so I had to go play short. That's a true story. " - Vernon Wells, 34, on his last infield appearance before playing third base for the New York Yankees last Wednesday. "You want to talk about a guy who is unproven and had a good couple months on steroids, go ahead. " - San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley, to UT San Diego, on fellow Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, expected to return later this month from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
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April 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Dodgers and Angels are playing roles for teams all around the major leagues. Times staff writer Kevin Baxter ranks the teams and provides updates on them. (Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): 1. TEXAS Ex-Dodgers Adrian Beltre (four HRs), Derek Lowe (1-0 in five games) making contributions. (7) 2. ATLANTA Former Dodger Reed Johnson hitting .250 off the Braves' bench. (1) 3. ST. LOUIS Dodgers helped St. Louis to a title when they sent Rafael Furcal there in 2011.
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March 27, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels finalized their trade of veteran outfielder Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, adding more credence to what could be one of their slogans entering 2013: Bourjos or Bust. The team cleared a spot for speedy center fielder Peter Bourjos in November, allowing right fielder Torii Hunter to leave as a free agent and sliding 2012 American League rookie of the year Mike Trout from center to left, a switch that left the 21-year-old phenom "disappointed," Trout's agent said.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
— The Angels' trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday, will have financial implications beyond the $13 million or so the Angels will save over the next two years by shipping the veteran outfielder to the Bronx. A major incentive for dealing Wells, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly, is to give the Angels enough financial relief to finish the season under the $178-million luxury tax threshold.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioner's office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal. The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million on Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up $13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent a pair of Class-A prospects, pitcher Kramer Sneed and outfielder Exicardo Cayones, to the Angels.
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March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioner's office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal. The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million on Wells' contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up $13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent Class-A pitcher Kramer Sneed and Class-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones to the Angels.
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