Vernon Wells was being fitted for pinstripes Sunday night as details of a trade between the Yankees and Angels were being hammered out. The Angels would be responsible for absorbing a large chunk of the $42 million owed to Wells through the 2014 season, while the Yankees would send one or two minor leaguers – said to be non-prospects – for the 34-year-old outfielder. The waiver of Wells’ full no-trade clause and the commissioner’s approval of the money exchanged were speed bumps in the process, though Wells already had said his goodbyes Sunday at Angels camp. If he were to join the Yankees, “It’d be a huge change,” Wells told reporters in Arizona before departing with his bags packed. “It’s a good group of guys over there. I’ll just get to know a new family.” The right-handed-hitting Wells could become the Yankees’ opening day left fielder, temporarily filling a starting role for the injured Curtis Granderson. But Wells merely was a fourth outfielder on the Angels, and a player in drastic decline. In his last two seasons with the Angels, Wells has batted .222 with 36 home runs and 95 RBI in 791 plate appearances. But from 2002-10 with Toronto, Wells averaged .279 with 25 homers and 89 RBI per season.
Vernon Wells headed to Yankees
Bergen Record | Mar 25