The New York Yankees continue to get older as they are set to acquire overpaid 34-year-old outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels. Wells still has $42 million remaining on his monster deal he signed as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. It is rumoured that the Yankees will only pay $13 million of the remaining contract tabbing the Los Angeles with the remainder.
Wells was the odd man out in the Angels outfield log jam that includes Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos. V-Dub is having a great spring training in an attempt to resurrect himself as an everyday player batting .361 with four home runs in 41 spring plate appearances.
The Yankees who have been savaged with injuries hope Wells can return to his 2010 form where he crushed 31 home runs in his last season as a member of the Blue Jays. The Yankees will be without four of their everyday starters come opening day with Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and the latest Derek Jeter all out with an assortment of injuries.
Wells was quoted shortly after being notified of the pending trade “Always tough to say goodbye, but I’m excited.” There has been no mention of the player the Yankees will be sending back to the Angels to complete the deal.
The three time All-Star will look to stay healthy and improve upon his 259 career home runs this time in pin stripes come opening day.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.