There is enough pedestrian pitching in the big leagues that will allow Vernon Wells to hit balls over walls. Yet, if Wells homers this year for the Yankees, it won’t be because he is trying to send baseballs into the upper deck.

Wells, 34, spent the offseason restructuring his mental approach as well as his swing in a batting cage at his Texas home with the belief that foregoing the long ball will improve his numbers from a year ago, when he batted a disappointing .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs in 77 games for the Angels. He missed 58 games because of a right thumb injury.

The Yankees’ trade with the Angels became official yesterday when Wells passed a physical and MLB approved the money exchange. The Angels are eating $28.5 million of the $42 million left on Wells’ contract. The Yankees will pay Wells $11.5 million this season and $2 million next season.

Wells was 0-for-3 last night against the Astros.

The Yankees sent minor league outfielder Exircado Cayones and minor league lefty Kramer Sneed to the Angels.

“My goal is to get back to basics, to put the barrel on the ball as many times as I can, shortening my swing and using the other field,” the new left fielder said before hitting sixth against the Astros last night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “I had forgotten what [hitting to] right field was like for a couple of years. You get caught up in hitting home runs and seeing how far you can hit them, and your swing changes. I was able to take some time this offseason and looked at a lot of video of when I was younger spraying the ball all over the field. When I got to spring training that was my goal, and so far so good.”