Mets and Jays Should Talk Vernon Wells

Alright, I’ll admit right off to the biased preference as a Mets-Jays fan that the Blue Jays that have to leave the Jays wind up in Flushing when they do so.

But the simple fact is that Wells is the kind of guy you want to lock up as a long term fixture in your outfield while he’s young and coming off a great first few Major League seasons. And the Blue Jays will not be able to afford him. So, I hope he goes the way of Carlos Delgado and John Olerud, which is the way to Flushing, where I can stay a huge fan of him even as he leaves the Jays.

The Mets are missing two corner outfielders, could lock up Wells who is a gold glove centerfielder long term once he’s a Met and the team has exclusive negotiating rights with him before his final year of his present contract ever happens. We can sign him for the same kind of money we’d have to pay for a Soriano or other legit superstar corner outfielder and get the defensive skills of a gold glove centerfielder.

Wells means a lineup with four legit superstar caliber players all in their 20s when he is put with Reyes, Wright, and Beltran, all around one of the game’s great power hitters in the still-only-34-next-year Carlos Delgado who can be around at least 3 more years at the Mets sole discretion.

I don’t know what the Jays would want in return by Ricciardi’s bullshit about keeping Wells another year and contending and being willing to lose him to free agency is just more of this delusional nonsense that the Jays have a shot of unseating the Yankees already when they simply do not. Much as I wish the Jays were at that point, theyr’e not and they won’t be until they start thinking players much better than A.J. Burnett, Benji Molina, and Troy Glaus are the sorts of players who can turn around a franchise overnight.

At least this year our young arms were a strength that gives one hope. But, seriously, a lot more is going to be added before this team competes and losing Vernon Wells for nothing after next year is NOT going to help. The Jays need to use the possibility that they CAN keep him for next year as trade leverage, but ultimately, they CANNOT keep him through next year without losing him for nothing in return after the season.

Let’s get something while we can, Blue Jays. Let’s lock up a player more cheaply by trading now and forestalling a free agency bidding war with a preemptive contract, Mets.

Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, Wells, Wright, Chavez, LoDuca, Valentin. I say we go to the World Series with that lineup.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Son of Shea

    There’s a snippet in today’s Newsday that the Mets have discussed offering Lastings Milledge and Aaron Heilman to the Jays for Wells.Eh, I’m ambivalent.A center fielder like Wells that can be expected to put up an OPS in the .850-.900 range is an elite player worthy of a very large contract. However, with the Mets, he’d be playing one of the corners – where an .850-.900 OPS is good, but not worthy of the superstar money that he’s going to be paid.An excellent player, but a lot of his value would be going to waste if he were to sign with the Mets.


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