Friday, January 21, 2011
Angels Trade Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera To Toronto For Vernon Wells
Napoli will age a lot faster, being a catcher. Too, I'm not really happy with his sudden decline in walk rate; despite taking the largest number of plate appearances in his career, he managed only two more walks (42) despite having almost 20% more plate appearances in 2010. Taken with the additional salary, I would actually call this a fairly even trade, because Toronto will have all year to negotiate an extension with the receiver, in his last year of arbitration eligibility.
Update: An ESPN report by Mark Saxon claims "The Angels' desire to move him accelerated when Napoli asked for $6.1 million in an arbitration filing last week." Also, the Halos have been trying to move Juan Rivera and the $5.25M remaining on his contract.
Update 2: The Times reports that the trade will also send Juan Rivera and the remaining $5.25M on his deal to Toronto.
Update 3: Sam Miller of the Register reminds us that the Angels refused even to take up a waiver claim at the trade deadline last year, but now they give up something of value in exchange? Very odd. It will be interesting to see Reagins defend this deal.