Ever since Curtis Granderson fractured his forearm during Sunday's spring training action, countless names have been floated as to who will take his place for the first 30 games or so of the regular season.
Vernon Wells of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a veteran outfielder who could potentially fit in left field with the New York Yankees, but Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports that the Angels will "probably not" be dealing Wells to the Bronx.
There are two main reasons as to why a Wells trade is unlikely.
For starters, Wells represents solid depth for the Angels outfield. Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Josh Hamilton will comprise the outfield from left to right. Hamilton isn't exactly known for his durability, so having Wells as the fourth outfielder could be important as the season progresses.
The Angels are competing in the tight AL West. The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers should both pose threats to them in 2013. If Hamilton misses any amount of time for any reason (or one of the other outfielders, for that matter), having a capable replacement is crucial.
LA Angels of Anaheim Will "Probably Not" Trade Vernon Wells to the NY Yankees
Bleacher Report | Feb 25