Vernon Wells backs Michael Young

Updated: February 18, 2011, 3:22 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Vernon Wells, who reported to his first spring training camp with the Los Angeles Angels Friday, was sharply critical of the Texas Rangers' handling of a trade request by his friend Michael Young.

Young and Wells were drafted in 1997 by the Toronto Blue Jays and were minor league teammates for three years.

Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January. Both players ...

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