When Vernon Wells' seven-year, $126 million contract comes to an end in two years, so will his baseball career. The Angels outfielder, owed $42 million over the next two seasons, plans to retire at the end of 2014, even though he'll be only 35.
He's got two good reasons: One is 10, the other is 7, and both are boys.
"My kids," Wells said Monday morning. "It'll be time to invest more in their lives. I've gone through this for long enough. My thoughts right now as a family is to be done after two years, enjoy them, get to be there for them in those years where they're going to need their dad every day, not just every now and then."
Wells still loves the game, but is eager to return to his home in Southlake, Texas, long-term so he can be a full-time father.
He also has an interesting career route he's eager to pursue: ownership.
Wells, who will end up grossing close to $150 million as a ballplayer, wants to own a Major League team someday. In fact, the plan is to partner with former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. The two live about 45 minutes apart in Texas and both figure to retire at the same time, since Hunter's two-year, $26 million contract with the Tigers will take him up to age 39.
The plan is to start with a Minor League franchise, like Angels owner Arte Moreno did, and then get the ball rolling from there.
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