It has been a difficult beginning to 2013 for the New York Yankees. The team is dealing with injuries to most of their star players and is now forced to look outside the organization to get some help. It sounds like from various reports that the Yankees are about to trade for Vernon Wells to bring some offense to the table while others are out.
Wells has been dominant in the past but couldn’t find much of the field last year with the Los Angeles Angels, playing in just 77 games with 11 home runs and a .230 average. I’m sure Wells wants to play more than he is scheduled this year in Los Angeles so a move cross-country would benefit his career. Wells has been hitting the ball with authority during spring training and should fit nicely into left field for the Yankees if they decide to make this trade.
The Yankees are looking like a team that could easily find themselves in last place without any moves. I never expected to see a team with a payroll approaching $200 million to be near the bottom of their division, but it looks like it could happen. Wells will be a start though to bring some offense to the table while Curtis Granderson is out. The team will already be without Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and potentially Derek Jeter as well on Opening Day so the Wells trade needs to be finished in the next day or so. It is sad that the Yankees’ hopes for the postseason now may depend on a 34-year-old Vernon Wells.