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What's to be done with the last albatross left north of the border?

Vernon Wells was once considered a rising star and potential face of a franchise, this on a club that lacked an identity and toiled in obscurity after winning consecutive championships in the early '90s. Taken with the fifth overall pick in the 1997 draft, Wells shot through the Jays' system and received late-season call-ups in each year from 1999-2001, garnering big-league experience as a 20-year-old. Now, when I mentioned the idea of writing a Wells-centric article to my father, a knowledgeable albeit more casual fan, his reaction was, "He’s still on the Jays, right?" Something tells me that if Wells had produced anywhere near the expectations bestowed upon him as a youngster that my dad would have known, without question, that Wells still roamed center field in Toronto.

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July 9, 2009 8:30 am

Prospectus Today: Packaging the Canadian Ace

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Joe Sheehan

Going to the Wells to take a Halladay makes for effective damage control.

On Tuesday afternoon the Blue Jays' general manager, J.P. Ricciardi, said that while he's not shopping the pitcher, he will listen to offers for ace Roy Halladay. This is the only sensible approach. Ricciardi's team was one of the six best in baseball last year, and never really appeared in a race for a post-season berth. It's one of the seven or eight best teams in baseball this yearand is nevertheless the fourth-best team in its own division. It's likely to be fourth-best in its division next year. Despite some young talent on hand, the competition level of the AL East means that Ricciardi has to try and build the best team in baseball, and his current core, even with Halladay and some young players, won't become that team. Trading Halladay is his way to do what the Rangers did by trading Mark Teixeira, and accelerate the construction of a championship-caliber roster.

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J.P. Ricciardi made his Lone Star State center fielder change his travel plans, keeping him in Toronto until at least 2011. Was it the right move?

How well off the Jays will end up remains to be determined. Wells does not have the same problems in his batted-ball data that I usually work with in these profiles, but instead has a stark contrast between his home and road statistics that brings his true value into question.

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October 28, 2003 12:00 am

Internet Baseball Awards

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Ryan Wilkins

As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results...

As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results:

National League Player of the Year

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