Vernon Wells plans to retire after his contract is up

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Vernon Wells said today that he plans to retire once his current contract is over, which is funny because he’s signed through 2014 and owed another $42 million from the Angels.

If not for the contract Wells would have been released a long time ago and may have had trouble simply remaining in the big leagues after hitting .222 with a .667 OPS in two seasons for the Angels.

So considering he’ll be 36 years old once the contract is up Wells may not really have much of a choice in the matter. He’ll also have earned more than $150 million by then, so calling it quits to spend time with his family is a nice plan either way.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.