Former Blue Jay Vernon Wells joins Gem Agency as player agent

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Vernon Wells. (Darren Calabrese/CP)

Former Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Vernon Wells has been hired as a player agent by Gem Agency.

“It’s an honour to have Vernon join the Gem Agency, as we begin our efforts to expand the staff and grow our resources,” Gem founder Greg Genske said in a statement, according to MLB Trade Rumours.

“I have known Vernon for a long time, first as his agent and second as a friend. He is one of the most respected individuals in the game, and his insights, baseball IQ and industry reputation will make him an invaluable resource for our growing firm.”

Genske founded Gem Agency in October in partnership with Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks’ company. The agency represents the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tommy Phan and Houston Astros’ Roberto Osuna, according to MLB Trade Rumours.

Wells, 40, retired from baseball in 2013 after a 15-year career, 12 of which were with the Blue Jays. He hit .270/.319/.459 with 270 home runs and was an all-star three times.

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