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Vernon Wells could wear Philadelphia Phillies' uniform

The Philadelphia Phillies are in need of additional bench depth, which is where veteran free agent outfielder Vernon Wells could come into play.

The longtime Toronto Blue Jay (1999-2010), who more recently wore the Los Angeles Angels Anaheim (2011, 2012) and New York Yankees' (2013) uniforms, still has some major league appeal. The right-handed hitter, who posted a surprising 1.000 fielding percentage last season, could expand Ryne Sandberg's outfield options.

Even in these modern times, it's hard to imagine that the 35-year-old has already earned a combined total over slightly over $110 million in his 15-year career. Cost-conscious general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. wouldn't be on the hook for the $21 million that Wells is owed this season, as the Angels and Yankees are covering that exorbitant rate.

If a spring training invite is extended and Wells proves to be generally competent, space could be made for him on the Phillies' opening day roster. Yes, 2008 does seem like a long, long, time ago.

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