Friday, December 15, 2006

I can't take the suspense

According to Fox Sports, Vernon Wells is about to resign with the Blue Jays. As had been previously reported, the deal is supposed to be around 126 million dollars for seven years, starting after next year. He'll get a no-trade clause and an opt-out clause as well.

If this turns out to be so, it will be a major relief. Wells is a great player-good defence in centre field, great bat-and that he wants to re-up with the Jays is an important vote of confidence for the team going forward. Coupled with the Burnett, Ryan and Thomas signings, as well as the Halladay extension, it tells the rest of the league that Toronto's a place good players want to play.

During this spring's World Baseball Classic, I remember being distinctly nervous every time Wells came up for Team USA in their game against Team Canada. It was a very unpleasant new sensation, this rooting for the team without Vernon Wells. Now, though, I no longer have to worry about it recurring again-at least until the next World Baseball Classic...


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