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The wrist surgery for Vernon Wells went "well" (get it?) according to's Jordan Bastian.  The 30 year-old center fielder is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next year.

Vernon Wells leads off from second base during a game against Baltimore August 9th.  Wells chased reliever Matt Albers from the game with an RBI single in the seventh to score Adam Lind in a 7-3 Jays victory.  Orioles second baseman Robert Andino is in the background.

The Blue Jays are hoping Wells' bat, along with his left wrist, will be well again for 2010 after a horrid 2009 campaign in which he hit just .260/.311/.400 with 37 doubles, 3 triples, 15 homers and 66 runs batted in.  He did steal 17 bases in 21 tries but he was still a ways off from his career batting line of .280/.329/.470. 

Wells is the second Jay to undergo surgery for a wonky wrist.  Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion had surgery on his left wrist last month and he is also expected to be ready to report to Dunedin for spring training in 2010.  The 26 year-old hit .240/.306/.442 with five doubles, one triple, eight homers and 23 RBI with Toronto after arriving from Cincinnati in the Scott Rolen deal at the July 31st trade deadline.

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    Wells' Wrist Well Again | 19 comments | Create New Account
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    China fan - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 06:14 AM EST (#208385) #

    According to the link at, the Overbay-Snyder deal did not collapse because of a failed medical exam by Snyder as we previously thought.  In fact the Jays backed away from the deal (or put it on hold) because of misgivings about the deal itself -- possibly because the Jays want to evaluate the large number of free-agent catchers who are coming onto the market, including our old pal Bengie Molina.

    Could it be that Chris Snyder is not the obvious dead-cinch no-questions-asked solution to the Jays catching situation that some Bauxites seem to think?  Personally I am not totally persuaded that the solution is a guy with a poor 2009 season who is still recovering from injury and who is still owed $10.5-million on his contract.  Maybe he will bounce back into the excellent form of previous years, and maybe he won't.   Makes sense for the Jays to cast a wider net and consider more candidates before making a decision.

    There could also be ongoing financial negotiations between the two teams about who pays what on the two contracts.  Overbay has a $7-million salary for next season, and Snyder is owed $10.5-million.   It's quite possible that one of the two teams is trying to get the other to pay a chunk of a contract.  Not sure which team it would be, but -- given the Jays tendency to dump contracts in the past few months -- I wouldn't be surprised if the Jays are trying to dump the entire $7-million Overbay contract while trying to get Arizona to pay part of the $10.5-million.  And maybe the Jays are using the free-agent options as a way to get leverage in those negotiations.

    DRising - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 09:08 AM EST (#208388) #
    That's actually the NY Daily News suggesting that Halladay wants out of Toronto, and they just state it as fact without any sources, so I doubt it's anything. That said, it's a little troubling, if true, that the Jays seem OK with trading him within the AL East, though the prospect of a Sox/Yankees bidding war is somewhat exciting... Chrs,

    lexomatic - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 10:44 AM EST (#208390) #
    Wells better rehab like crazy this off-season.. though not to the point of re-injury obviously
    Geoff - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 11:26 AM EST (#208391) #
    Know what would feel a lot like trading Roger Clemens for David Wells and extras? Trading Roy Halladay for AJ Burnett and extras.
    christaylor - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 12:22 PM EST (#208392) #
    I don't know getting into a bidding war over Santana did not work out that well for the Twins. I'd be wary about getting into that particular game of chicken.

    If were Halladay, I'd hope to be traded (possibly to the point of invoking a no-trade) to the NL (perhaps a nice pitchers park like LA) where he could put up gaudy numbers... then sign a big, long-term deal with anyone who comes courting.
    #2JBrumfield - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 02:01 PM EST (#208394) #

    That's actually the NY Daily News suggesting that Halladay wants out of Toronto

    Noted and corrected, thanks!  At least I got the city right!

    92-93 - Saturday, November 14 2009 @ 04:11 PM EST (#208399) #
    "Wells better rehab like crazy this off-season.. though not to the point of re-injury obviously"

    Ya, maybe he'll get a personal trainer again too, seeing as it worked wonders for him last offseason.
    ayjackson - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 10:12 AM EST (#208403) #

    Under contract right now for outfielders, we have Travis Snider and Vernon Wells.  Popular sentiment is to pursue Mike Cameron to play the outfield, but I'm not sure this is a realistic expectation given our new GM's MO (granted it is full of vageries).

    I'd think AA's plan will be to find a close-to-prime player that has upside but, for whatever reason, might not be too expensive.  Actually, I think he'll try to find two.  Here's some that might be possibilities (Bill James expected wOBA in paranthesis).....

    • Rick Ankiel (.329) - had excellent production for the Cards in 2007 and 2008, but struggled with shoulder and groin issues in 2009.  He's 30 and can play solid CF defence.
    • Rocco Baldelli (.325) - tons of unfulfilled promise follows Baldelli wherever he goes, as does medical issues - the most concerning of which is chronic fatigue syndrome.  Dolid CF defence.  28 years old.
    • Xavier Nady (.347) - currently recovering from TJ surgery and hopes to be ready sometime during ST.  He plays average RF defence.  31 years old.
    • Austin Kearns (.329) - never came close to the hype.  29 years old and can take a walk.  Very good defensively in right field.
    • Marlon Byrd (.335) - Good defender and slugger.  Could he move VW off CV?  Might depend on who's got the better arm for right.  Marlon could take a bit more of an investment in terms of years....and he's already 32.

    Also warranting consideration for fourth outfielder are Jose Bautista and Joe Inglett.  Anybody else out there that you feel might be a target for AA?  How about in the trade market?


    Mick Doherty - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 10:36 AM EST (#208404) #
    Byrd will sign with the Cubs. This is a mortal lock. It's all about Rudy Jaramillo.
    lexomatic - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 10:48 AM EST (#208405) #
    i think Kearns has a fork sticking out of his left cheek. that Bill James woba might be good after 2007, but the last 2 years he's been under 300. I'd say he's Wilkerson pt 2. NRI at most.
    As for Ankiel, I wouldn't call his defense solid.. unless that means better than Wells. I think the order of interest around the league is:

    -Byrd 3 decent years with the bat good defensively (last year not great in centre. equal to Ankiel)
    -Ankiel (injuries & ineffectiveness but cheap power maybe cf)
    -Baldelli (4th of can't be counted on full-time)
    -Nady (maybe his ability to play multiple positions gets him a bench slot ahead of Baldelli)

    I think Byrd is priced out of the Jays range. Ankiel might be the most attractive to me out of that bunch but even so I don't think I'd go more than 1+1 with incentives. He also might get a lot of attention

    I have to check the FA list
    lexomatic - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 11:01 AM EST (#208406) #
    I might look at Endy Chavez as a 4th OF who can actually play defense and run. Depends on the price, really. There isn't a lot out there. He might be back in Seattle though.
    ayjackson - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 12:19 PM EST (#208407) #
    I've also been thinking lately that if Ruiz or Dopirak is part of the plan at either 1B or DH, Carlos Delgado should be brought back to cover the balance of their at bats.  Lind would be fulltime at whatever position Ruiz/Delgado isn't playing.
    Richard S.S. - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 01:05 PM EST (#208408) #   Let's us compare the 1988, 1989, 1990, etc., Blue Jay teams with the current team.  

    1B: Lyle Overbay (to be traded); Adam Lind (core) will shake the rust off with Butter's help; Brian Dopirak (???) needs to be given the chance.   2B: Aaron Hill (core) his best position by a large margin.   SS: (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.   3B: Edwin Encarnacion (very useful piece) under contract though 2011 (last year of arbitration).   C: (a gaping abyss) - Core playing needed.   OF: Vernon Wells (very useful piece) under untradeable contract through 2014.   OF: Travis Snider (core) will learn to play very well at this level, in this level.   OF: (a gaping abyss) - Core Player needed.   D.H.: (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.   Closer: (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.   Setup/Closer: (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.   Ace: Roy Halladay (to be traded); (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.   Backup Ace:  (a gaping abyss) - Core player needed.

    Starters: Who is core; who is a very useful piece; who is to be traded?   Relief: Who is core; who is a very useful piece; who is to be traded.   Bench: Should be very useful pieces, in time.    A.A. needs to fill a minimum of two core holes, three would be better, this off-season.   Anything less should be considered a total wasted time by the wrong G.M.

    jgadfly - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 01:36 PM EST (#208409) #

    RE:  AY's assertion that  "...Carlos Delgado should be brought back..."  I'll second that.  I'll add  that you could not find a better mentor for Travis Snider ;  not only in his approach at the plate, but also in his approach to the public and to life in general.

    patagonia - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 03:56 PM EST (#208410) #
    The Jays keep beefing up the scouting department and I thought some might be interested in an old interview with Dana Brown our new scouting director.

    Oxygen8 - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 04:42 PM EST (#208411) #
    i have changed my position. i no longer want the toronto blue jays to play on real grass. i want them to stay @ rogers centre. with only us (i can say that because i have rogers stock in portfolio and technically i am a part owner!) and tampa bay playing on carpet (tampa will soon be on real grass because i believe much like the washington nationals situation they need a new stadium to stay in business and mlb will make that happen), i believe that this will become a positive for the jays.

    and here's why....

    i saw some of the boston celtics atlanta hawks game this weekend. the faux parquet reminded me of the old boston gardens and the nbc "game of the week" with larry bird & friends during the 80's. even as kid back then i remember marv albert talking about the mystical/distinct home court advantage of the parquet floor. how kevin mchale knew where all the dead spots were, and how visiting point guards had the highest turnover rates when they played in boston.

    this got me thinking of the checker board seam fest @ the rogers centre.

    now stay with me as i explain this further. remember back in the 80's fenway park was considered by some to a dump (kinda how the rogers centre is perceived now). it was out of touch with the new style of stadiums. years went by and then in time fenway became this mystical relic from the past. so unique because every other stadium were modernized. it became a place full of wonder with the garage doors, a green monster, and generally viewed with intrigue because "anything could happen", and "no lead was safe".

    i believe that a similar type mystique can/will eventually happen @ the rogers centre. "the only turf stadium in baseball", "a ball could hit a seam @ any time", " you can't feel the warning track well under your feet".

    now if you have hard time seeing the similarities let me say this; 80's music was not considered fashionable by many in the 90's, but in time when the musical landscape changed it had a revival and was appreciated. it's kind of the same principal.

    i'd go on, but the point has been made.


    p.s. happy Louis Riel Day eve!
    Denoit - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 05:06 PM EST (#208412) #

    "a ball could hit a seam @ any time", " you can't feel the warning track well under your feet".

    I appreciate your Idea, and in time the Rogers Center could turn into more of an icon than a run-down building. But these things are not only dangerous to players they will prevent the team from attracting free agents. The difference is Fenway you are talking about the building, and Rogers Center you are talking about the feild of play. There is a big difference. I think you have to go the other way, when one day technology advances far enough so you have a turf feild that is somehow better than grass. If that is ever possible probably not...but that is the only way I see it being an advantage to the Jays.

    AWeb - Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 09:27 PM EST (#208414) #
    Yeah, but the Fenway field has always had a reputation for being a bit of a dump too. I've heard about the numerous bad bounces on the infield, and the state of the field itself being less than ideal. The field turf is awesome to play other sports on, way cheaper to maintain, and can be completely replaced with relative ease. The Dome is not a problem for the Jays. As for attracting top free agents, they've managed to do this in the past 5 years. Ryan, Burnett, Thomas...quite a few others, the Jays have no particular lack of success bidding on players they can afford.
    timpinder - Monday, November 16 2009 @ 11:28 AM EST (#208415) #

    The Roger's Centre turf is terrible.  I only went to one game there this year when I took the old man for Father's Day, and I used to average about 10 games a year.  I even got rid of tickets I had for another game.  Part of that decision was because of my boycott after they allowed 3 of the top 4 picks to walk because of money, but also, I just don't enjoy watching baseball as much in the dome.  Part of the enjoyment for me is as much the atmosphere as it is the actually game.  It's the grass, the smell, the open sky, the brick facade.  The dome is a concrete bowl.  It's an entertainment centre, not a ballpark.  I can watch the game in HD at home, but I want to feel the ballpark atmosphere if I'm going to pay to watch a game, and Comerica is only 1/2 hour farther drive for me, so I go there to watch baseball now. 

    Getting real grass at the concrete bowl known as Roger's Centre will help.  In the meantime I'll watch all the Jays' games on TV, but my wife and I plan on going to Fenway this year, and my "local" ballpark will be Comerica.

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