The Phillies need hitting, but they're not going to get it from Vernon Wells, who owns the third-worst on-base percentage in baseball over the past three years.
There's still an interest in signing Wells, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Wells, whose best days are long behind him, batted .226/.267/.387 with the Angels and Yankees from 2011-13.
His OBP is better than only Yuniesky Betancourt's (.257) and J.P. Arencibia's (.260) over that span.
The 35-year-old Wells is on the books for $21 million in 2014, to be paid by the Angels ($18.6M) and Yankees ($2.4M), so any signing would almost definitely be a minor-league deal.
The Phillies need right-handed hitting, you say, so why not bring in Wells? Problem is, they already have John Mayberry Jr., who can play outfield, provide (some) right-handed pop off the bench and should never step into the box against a right-handed pitcher.
Comparing the pair from 2011-13 vs. LHP:
Mayberry: . .273/.324/.515
So Mayberry, who isn't necessarily a spectacular platoon player, has actually been better than Wells against southpaws. Plus, Mayberry's already due $1.6 million from the Phils next season thanks to their recent agreement to avoid arbitration.
Another named linked to the Phillies who made a little more sense is Lyle Overbay, who hit .240/.295/.393 with 14 homers for the Yankees last season.
Overbay signed with the Brewers, however, this afternoon.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old would have provided some left-handed power off the bench, of which the Phils currently have none. He could have also served as a fitting defensive substitute late in games for Ryan Howard at first base, although Darin Ruf would also be adequate in that role.