Delmon Young, Part II?

The Phillies have expressed interest in 35-year-old outfielder Vernon Wells, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Wells, a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner with the Blue Jays once upon a time, has been epically bad in recent years.

From 2011-13, Wells hit .226 with a .267 on-base percentage and .387 slugging percentage. He walked just 66 times in 1,249 plate appearances, which shakes out to once every 19 trips to the dish.

This reported interest immediately calls to the mind the signing of Young to a one-year deal last offseason. It wasn't the price with Young that was bothersome, it was that you knew a few hundred plate appearances would be wasted on a proven, below-average hitter when cheaper, younger options existed.

And Young was actually significantly better than Wells the last three years:

Wells: .226/.267/.387
Young: .266/.301/.404

If the Phillies do add Wells, it would almost certainly be on a minor-league deal. (The Angels are paying him $18.6 million in 2014.) And he wouldn't get regular playing time like Young did early in 2013. The Phils would be bringing Wells in (hopefully) to play against lefties and lefties only.

From 2011-13, Wells hit .267/.315/.437 against southpaws, with 16 homers and 19 doubles in 419 at-bats. He's serviceable against opposite-handed pitching, and could probably fill the role as well as, if not better than, John Mayberry Jr.