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Vernon Wells drawing interest from Phillies?

The Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in the 34-year-old outfielder, according to a report.


The Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as a potential destination for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Phillies are reportedly in search of a right-handed power-hitting outfielder who could hit behind first baseman Ryan Howard in the lineup. Free agent outfielder Cody Ross is also reported to be a potential target.

Wells is owed $42 million in the final two years of his contract, and it is likely that the Angels would have to pay most of that money in order to move him. The 13-year veteran has become expendable following the team's signing of Josh Hamilton and the emergence of Mark Trumbo as a viable corner outfielder.

Wells has a full no-trade clause in his contract, but it is believed that the 34-year-old would waive it in order to move to a team that has room for him in their starting lineup. In 77 games for the Angels in 2012, Wells hit .230 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI after missing considerable time due to a thumb injury.

The New York Yankees are also rumored to be interested in Wells' services.