I am done as a baseball fan until 2013. DonnneeeThe Angels, largely dormant for much of the offseason, are on the verge of landing Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells in a blockbuster trade, according to major-league sources.
The Jays will acquire catcher Mike Napoli in the deal, sources said.
Wells was in Anaheim for a physical on Friday. Napoli and others in the deal must also pass physicals.
The addition of Wells, who enjoyed a comeback season in 2010, would reduce the sting of a difficult offseason for the Angels, who failed in bids for free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford and third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Wells, who is waiving his no-trade clause, is owed $86 million over the next four seasons. He likely would take over in center for the Angels, with Torii Hunter remaining in right.
The Angels had been trying to move Napoli as well as outfielder Juan Rivera, who will earn $5.25 million next season. Rivera also could be included in the deal, one source said.
The Jays likely would use Napoli as a catcher, first baseman and DH.
His arrival likely would preclude them from adding Manny Ramirez or another free-agent hitter.
Wells, 32, is waiving his no-trade clause. He is owed $86 million over the next four seasons. The Angels likely would use him in center, with Torii Hunter remaining in right.