The trade took two days to complete, but Vernon Wells is officially a Yankee.

Having passed his physical earlier in the day, Wells arrived at Steinbrenner Field Tuesday afternoon and settled into his new locker.

"Just the history and the names that are in this clubhouse, and the guys that are in this clubhouse, this is special," Wells said. "It's obviously a huge commitment to put the pinstripes on, but this is baseball. This is the center of it all and this is a fun way for things to go toward the end of my career."

Wells was assigned No. 56 — "I'm going to wear Lawrence Taylor for a little bit," he joked — though he figures to be assigned a lower number once more cuts are made this week.

The Yankees sent minor league outfielder Exircado Cayones and minor league left-handed pitcher Kramer Sneed to the Angels for Wells. The Angels will pick up roughly $29 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the next two years.

The 34-year-old was excited by the trade, wasting no time when the Angels asked him to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal.

"It just came as a shock, I think," Wells said. "Once you get toward the end of spring training, you think, all right, this is how it's going to be. They called in the office and said, 'We have a deal in place. It's just a matter of your approval.' Then they told me the team, and I tried not to smile too big in the office. Went and called the wife — obviously we have to clear everything with them first — and she was excited. And I'm here."