Toronto Blue Jays' Vernon Wells Undergoes Wrist Surgery

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIINovember 14, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 09:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics on May 9, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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According to the Toronto Star , Toronto Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells had surgery on Thursday to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist.

The surgery was a success and Wells is expected to be ready by spring training.

Wells, who played with pain in his wrist all season hit a disappointing .250 with 15 home runs with a .711 OPS. Really not what the Blue Jays were hoping for when they signed him to that enormous contract.

That’s the type of contract that will get a GM fired–oh wait, it did.

Ever since Wells signed his seven-year, $126 million contract after the 2006 season, he has had nothing but bad luck.

In 2007, Wells hurt his shoulder and broke his wrist

In 2008, Wells had a groin injury

In 2009, Wells was playing with a left wrist injury.

If I was a GM who was interesting and could afford Roy Halladay–which eliminates two-thirds of teams in baseball–here is what I would do.

I would call up the Blue Jays and say I want to trade for Halladay and I will also take half of Wells’ contract off your hands. That would be the easiest way to acquire Halladay without giving away your farm system.

The Blue Jays would jump at the opportunity to get rid of at least half of Wells’ contract.

If you are Omar Minaya of the New York Mets or Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox, why wouldn’t you propose something like this? Both teams have an opening in left, where Wells could move to and both GM’s have the finances to pull something like this off.

$10 million for Wells doesn’t look as bad as the $23 million the Blue Jays would be paying Wells by themselves. And we all know that as soon as Wells leaves Toronto, he probably is going to have a great year.

That’s just the way sports work. A guy gets a change of scenery and becomes rejuvenated. We have seen it time and time again.

And I wouldn’t worry about Wells’ no-trade clause.

My guess is that Wells would waive his no-trade clause just to get out of Toronto. The Blue Jays are clearly rebuilding and I am sure Wells wants a change of scenery at this point.

That would by way to get Halladay. Take Wells, you get Halladay, and then you do a whole lot of praying that Wells remembers how to hit.

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