I was trolling around Cot's trying to find attractive trade partners as Cameron/Brewers alternatives.
And this one I'd known but forgotten. Vernon Wells' 2009 salary is 1.5M. His 2010 salary is 12.5M. And his 2011-2014 salary is 21M.
Alex Rios has shown himself to be capable of playing center and his money will run 2009: 5.9M, 2010: 9.7M 2011-12: 12M, 2013-2014 12.5M.
That's why JP Riccardi fights so hard to say that the Blue Jays consider themselves contenders right now- because the Jays have to chose between a salary dump and giving a third of the payroll to two players. And I haven't even mentioned Roy Halladay yet.
Now I know all the reasons not-
In division, injuries, past prime, Austin Jackson, younger, cheaper, more athletic, CC+AJ, Tex?, and on and on.
And still I can't stop the wheels from turning. If the Jays decided to move Wells today, what do you think the return would be?