Last year we I ripped Vernon Wells and his contract pretty mercilessly. In fact, most baseball experts ripped Wells and his contract for both being horrible. That single contract (seven years, $126 million signed in 2007) is probably the reason J.P. Ricciardi is manning a desk on Baseball Tonight and not in the Toronto Blue Jays’ GM’s box.
Well it appears all that criticism woke up the 31-year-old center fielder. After an embarrassingly awful 2009, Wells has opened 2010 on a ridiculous tear.
In three games, he’s registered 10 at bats, ripped six hits, scored six runs, smacked four home runs, knocked in seven RBI and walked twice against one strikeout. I know it’s only been three games but Wells is currently sporting a .600 average, .692 on-base percentage, slugging 1.8000 and has a ridiculous 2.492 OPS.
What in the name of Tuffy Rhodes is going on here?
Wells finished the 2009 campaign with just 15 home runs, 66 RBI, a .260 average, .311 OBP, .400 slugging percentage and a .711 OPS. And that was after 158 games.
So uh, what’s changed Vernon?
More importantly, where has this newfound sense of urgency come from. Where the hell was that over the past few seasons?
Seriously dude, you’re getting paid an average of $18 million a year and this is the first sign of life we’ve seen from you since early 2007.