David Pinto notes the interesting structure of Vernon Wells’ new contract with the Blue Jays. Basically, the deal is a win-win for both parties, in that Wells gets a big, up-front bonus, and the Jays lock up his best years for a reasonable rate. The part that concerns me, or at least makes me shake my head, is why Wells feels so good about the Blue Jays postseason chances:
…. “How can you not be happy?” Wells said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press several hours before terms of the deal were finalized. “Like I said, my family comes first. Obviously, this gives me an opportunity to set my family up for a couple of generations. That’s the biggest part of this thing. And this gives me a chance to do something special in Toronto that hasn’t been done in awhile.”
So, he’s happy to remain with a team that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs one single time in his entire career, a team that is in the same division with the Yankees and the Red Sox, (two absolute playoff juggernauts). Riddle me this, Batman, were Wells and his agent so stupid that they came to the conclusion that Toronto was the only team willing to pay him that kind of superstar money? I can certainly understand the value of continuity, and its’ allure, but boy; it sure seems to me that Toronto is the last place on earth to go and try and make a serious run at being a real contender for any length of time.
Of course, I, along with Kent, would have loved to see Wells land here, but forgetting about my Giants bias; wouldn’t Wells have had many, many more chances at the postseason in SF, in the weaker NL, in the weakest division in it? Seems like the classic “agent got the most money but not the best deal” for his client scenario to me.