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A's lineup vs. Vernon Wells: a salary breakdown ...

Vernon Wells makes more money sitting on his thumbs than the entire A's starting lineup facing the Angels today.

Unreal, right?

Here's the proof. It makes only a few assumptions -- that Carter, Norris and Rosales make the MLB minimum. (They aren't listed in the ESPN salary breakdown for the A's. Or in Rosales' case, he's listed at $0 by ESPN, which is obviously a mistake.

Check it out. It says so much about Billy Beane and about character and chemistry. And about the Angels flawed philosophy.

Today's A's lineup:

C. Derek Norris - $480,000

1B. Chris Carter - $480,000

2B. Adam Rosales - $480,000

SS. Stephen Drew - $7,750,000

3B. Josh Donaldson - $480,000

LF. Yoenis Cespedes - $6,500,000

CF. Coco Crisp - $6,000,000

RF. Josh Reddick - $485,000

DH. Jonny Gomes - $1,000,000

P. Tommy Milone - $480,000

GRAND TOTAL: $24,135,000

And Vernon Wells makes ... $24,642,857.00

That says more than a lot. It says it all.

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