Oh Vernon, I wonder if anyone has ever taken so much crap for signing a contract put in front of him. Yeah like anyone would have turned it down. For the second time in three years he had a terrible season in 2009. Yep, he had wrist surgery after the season and no, I have no idea if the wrist caused his poor season. In 2008 he had a pretty good season.
We took a detailed look at his 2009 season here. I guess that stats that really stand out is his left/right splits, he didn't hit lefties at all (.206/.279/.323). He also hit much better on the road (.300/.335/.444) than at home (.214/.285/.348). I don't see how the wrist problem explains those splits.
His full line 2009 line:
|2009 - Vernon Wells||158||630||84||164||37||3||15||66||48||86||17||4||.260||.311||.400|
I'd very very much like the Jays to move him out of center field. I don't think it is going to happen but I think he would help him offensively, by taking some defensive responsibly off him, keeping him heathier and help the team defensively. But it's not going to happen.
Bill James sees Vernon's future this way; .271/.327/.443 with 19 homers, 77 RBI in 592 PA.
CHONE has similar numbers; .265/.321/.420, 18 homers, 75 RBI in 608 PA.
So let us know how you see Vernon doing this year, PA, slash line, homers and RBI.