Blue Jays Designate Vernon Wells for Assignment

Oh. Right. It's that other guy.

Former Angels outfielder Juan Rivera was designated for assignment and the Toronto Blue Jays recalled Travis Snider from AAA today. Rivera –– whose career slash line (.277/.327/.453) looks uncannily like that of the man who replaced him on the Los Angeles Angels, Vernon Wells (.277/.326/.471) –– was actually heating up in June, hitting .271. (His counterpart on the Angels hit .276 in June.)

Rivera leaves the Jays after hitting .246/.310/.365 with 17 XBH over 271 plate appearances this year. Wells continues to play for the Angels, the first of four years remaining on a contract worth 80M+, and has hit .211/.244/.385 with 16 XBH over 238 plate appearances. Both players have defended poorly at their respective positions, with Rivera delivering -0.8 defensive WAR playing mostly at LF and 1B, and Wells delivering -0.6 defensive WAR from left –– offering at least one counterpoint to the idea that moving a terrible CF to right or left inevitably results in a plus defender at the corner.

Meanwhile, the other piece in the LA-Toronto Wells trade, Mike Napoli, is projected to return from a DL stint this Monday. He is hitting .221/.344/.493 with 17 XBH over 163 plate appearances this season. The $80M man the LA Angels ostensibly passed over in favor of purchasing Wells' contract, Adrian Beltre, was just selected for his second consecutive All Star Game.

(Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before –– and props to the original singer.)

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