I always liked Vernon Wells. He was quiet, and a little dull as an interview, but he was a great centrefielder and a pretty productive hitter. Yes, he battled injuries and yes he had the GIANT contract, but was that his fault? How many of you would say "NO, I don't need all that money." if somebody pulled up with a dump truck full of it and offered it to you over the next 7 years?
That said he had the annoying habit of whiffing on three pitches outside of the strike zone when the tying runner was on third, or popping the first pitch up when that same runner was on second, but he was a professional who always conducted himself as such.
On the flip side kudos to AA for getting rid of the contract; it will give the team the flexibility it will need to sign Bautista to a long term contract.
I also like that AA doesn't fall in love with players, he is sticking to the rebuild plan and is not straying from that course. From a purely business perspective that much money for one guy on a rebuilding team made no sense.
Not sure how Rajai Davis and Corey Patterson will produce, but the Gose era will begin in a couple of years, so it may be a moot point.
Farewell Vernon, you will be missed.