Josh at Jorge Says No! has a great article on Vernon Wells’ ludicrous contract. If Jays fans are complaining about not getting any big free agents, don’t expect them for a while.
Wells is set to make a meager $1.5 million this year before his contract explodes to $12.5 million in 2010, $23 million in 2011, and then $21 million until 2014. All with a full no trade clause to boot. In my opinion, Wells is a good player that has had severe injury problems. As Josh states in the article, he is by no means an elite player. The Jays are overspending and considering that Wells will make up just over 1/5 of what the Blue Jays have as their regular payroll (It’s just under $98 million this year), we better hope to God he opts out when he gets the chance in 2011.