I have learned during Jerry Dipoto's so far short reign as GM, to not take to much stock in the quotes he gives to the media. He's very sly that GM of ours. Take the Josh Hamilton signing for example. Less than a week before Dipoto had intimated to Alden Gonzales that the Angels were satisfied with the current makeup of their lineup. We toiled away on Twitter/Facebook/Myspace/Freindster about what the Lineup was going to look like. We weren't impressed. We weren't excited. Then Jerry trotted out his newest expensive toy. That Dipoto, what a character. There is one thing he hasn't faltered on since becoming GM however, and that's his insistence to not trade one Peter Bourjos.

What does this rambling have to do with Vernon Wells you might ask? Well for starters, thank you for reading the title. Secondly, Dipoto's stubborn inability to move Bourjos, even when his playing time was more sporadic then Haley's Comet, showed a lot of faith in a young player who has most of his value tied up in his ability to play top notch defense (You know, the other half of playing baseball). It also reads like a giant "neener neener" in the face of old school stalwarts who champion veterans and the intangibles they bring to the organization. Take that Gus Lovell.

The first casualty to this new fangled thinking is Vernon Wells. I don't really have to get into what Vernon "Too blessed to stress" Wells has meant to us fans since Tony Reagins traded for him in a knee jerk reaction to missing out on Carl Crawford (Which, in hindsight, not so mad about missing out on that guy). He's underwhelming, underachieving, under….well, you get the point. He had a good June, power wise, in 2011 putting up a .526 slugging and hitting six home runs. He wasn't worth the $1.75 million he made that month, but he was at least better than serviceable with an .821 OPS. Since then, a whole lot of meh.