Angels outfielder Vernon Wells all but confirmed he was being traded to the New York Yankees on Sunday, acknowledging he was “excited” about going to the Bronx and that he had already said his goodbyes in the team’s Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse.

“We’ve had some talks, and some were very difficult,” Wells said. “I have some good friends on this team, some great teammates. Goodbyes are never easy.”

Wells said he first learned of trade talks Sunday morning but that the deal wasn’t 100% final as of early Sunday afternoon, when he packed his equipment bag and left the team’s spring-training facility.

Wells, 34, is willing to waive his no-trade clause, but the teams were believed to be haggling over how much of the remaining $42 million on Wells’ contract, which has two years left, the Angels would absorb and what player or players would be going back to the Angels.

"We've discussed a deal with the Yankees, but I'll have no further comment," Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "There are many things we need to overcome."

Deals that involve a significant amount of cash between teams also must be approved by the commissioner’s office.