New York Yankees Rumors: Vernon Wells on His Way to the Bronx

By Nik Swartz
Vernon Wells
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The New York Yankees are about to acquire outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for prospects, according to a number of reports.

Adding Wells seems to go against what Hal Steinbrenner has said he wanted to do with the team’s salary but for Yankee fans, hopefully there is some method to his madness. The Yankees’ pending move shows one thing for sure — they are very desperate to make a splash because the fan base has become nervous and the season is looking bleak.

Wells should be on his way to the Bronx within the next 72 hours. After passing a physical, he will officially be a Yankee and they plan to start him in left field.

Wells, 34, is in the sixth year of a seven-year deal worth $126 million. He is owed $21 million for each of the next two seasons, but the Angels are willing to eat a portion of Wells’ remaining salary because it was the only way they could rid themselves of him.

This brings up a very interesting question for the Yankees — why do they always want another team’s trash? Why are the Yankees are so desperate that they are willing to make a move on a player the Angels are willing to pay a large sum of money just to get rid of?

The Yankees’ share of the remaining money is said to be over $10 million over the next two seasons. Since the deal includes $1 million changing hands, it has to be approved by MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

Wells was a three-time All-Star with the Toronto Blue Jays. With the Angels, he has not been on the field enough to make any All-Star teams. Wells has been a huge flop in his time with the Angels with a pathetic  .222 BA to go with his numerous injury problems. Wells has missed 116 games over the past two seasons in Anaheim.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman would not talk about the specifics of the deal — he hasn’t even admitted to it being real, which means the Yankees are about to sign Wells.

Wells’ locker has already been cleared out, so it is not very difficult to figure out that he is on his way out. What it really comes down to now is who the Yankees are willing to send to the Angels for another past-his-prime star.

Why the Yankees have all their focus on the outfield and not on first base is anyone’s guess. Juan Rivera is not a good enough replacement at first base for Mark Teixeira. If Teixeira is out for the season, as some experts think he may be, the Yankees making a move on another outfielder makes little to no sense.

If the Yankees are going to go dumpster diving, they should at least go grab a better player for one of the corner infield positions, because that is where they need the most help. Going after another outfielder is bad — going after an aging, often-injured outfielder is a huge mistake.

Even though Wells will fit in well as the majority of the Yankees are older players who are often injured, this is a bad move for the Yankees. They would be better off just taking what the 2013 season brings them, rather than throwing away young talent for an over-paid flop.

Nik Swartz is the Featured Columnist for the New York Yankees.  Follow him on Twitter @Sweetnesz13.

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