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Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

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The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it.

Wells has a full no-trade clause, but the Yankees can offer him much more playing time than he would get this year in Anaheim behind Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos. Then again, Wells has stated that he plans to retire from baseball after the 2014 season so maybe he doesn’t care about reestablishing himself as a viable starting outfielder.

Wells batted just .230/.279/.403 with 11 homers and 29 RBI in 262 plate appearances last season for the Halos. The 34-year-old is owed a $21 million salary in 2013 and another $21 million in 2014.

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UPDATE, 3:54 PM ET: ESPN’s Buster Olney heard from a source that Wells is “excited about the possibility” of playing for the Yankees and that there’s a “strong chance” a swap gets done. The Angels will have to eat a large majority of the money still owed to Wells, so working everything out could take some time.

UPDATE, 4:12 PM ET: CBS Sports’ Scott Miller reports that the Yanks are looking over Wells’ medicals.

UPDATE, 4:30 PM ET:  According to Passan, Wells has informed the Angels that he will accept the deal. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times adds that Wells’ things are being removed from the Angels’ spring training complex. It sounds like there are only a few more minor details to be worked out.

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  1. albertmn - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Will this be the first time the Yankees made a deal where the OTHER team ate the extra money? What a changing of the way the Yankees operate.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      On the other hand, what if the trade is Wells for Arod?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Will this be the first time the Yankees made a deal where the OTHER team ate the extra money?

      When the Rangers traded Arod to the Yanks, the Rangers were paying part of his salary as well.

    • kiwicricket - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      It seems the Angels are paying $13M over 2yrs of the remaining.
      Still peeing away money like it’s going to evaporate.

      • ptfu - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Wait, what? I can’t believe the Yankees are paying $29M for two years of Wells. Not unless the Angels are also sending over someone good…

      • kiwicricket - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        OOPS! I mean the Yanks are paying $13M. I was wrong, but it’s still incredible.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Declining performance CHeck.
      Health Issues? CHeck.
      Long in tooth? Check.
      Huge COntract? Check.

      Well, that about wraps it up give the man a contract.

      • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Lyle Overbay is missing just one of those.

  2. chill1184 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    All I have to say is LMAO

  3. drewzducks - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. This would be sad if it wasn’t so funny. I guess Carl Crawford wasn’t available. He is ripping up the Cactus League though.

  4. iamjimmyjack - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Light that halo up! Just another halo victory! See ya Vernon. Thanks for nothing.

  5. cackalackyank - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    ….for the record this is not what I had in mind when I said the NYY should be trading for offence. Unless they are going to play all their games in a time machine going back to @ 5 years ago that is.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    If the Yankees are paying 10% of his salary and giving up zero prospects this should be fine. Anything more is an overpay.

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Or an Overbay.

  7. Kevin S. - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I just woke up from my nap. This was all a dream, right?

    • indaburg - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Do you want the blue pill or the red pill?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        All the pills.

      • indaburg - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Good answer.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      They call this type of dreams nightmares…just saying.

  8. jkaflagg - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    While Wells was certainly a crashing disappointment in Anaheim, my understanding is that he has always been a good guy and a solid teammate despite his problems – small consolation for the Angels, but we’ve all seen players who were both disappointing on the field and miserable to everyone off the field. Good luck toVernon if the deal goes through…..

  9. rbj1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    To be fair to Cashman, he had to do this. Mickey Rivers wanted to stay retired, and Babe Ruth’s skeleton wanted $20 million.

  10. hustleandflomax - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Dumb. Milton Bradley would have been way cheaper. And just as effective.

    • carpi2 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      With Bradley, you also get a cancer in the locker room. Wells is a good guy. At this point in hi career, he may not be the ideal person to trade for, but he is way better than what you are getting from Bradley.

      • hustleandflomax - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        I was totally kidding, dude.

  11. warwhatisitgoodfor - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    By far, my favorite part of this thread is reading yankees fans trying to justify this move.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Agree with you 100% warwhatisitgoodfor. Let the spin begin!

      • Kevin S. - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        The only thing spinning here is the room. Hang on, I’ll have another.

  12. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    OH…MY…GOD, THANK YOU CASHMAN..thank you for a summer’s worth of additional goofing on the Yankees!!

    Seriously, if the Angels are eating, say 90% of Wells’ contract then it might be a worthwhile trade..

    …if the Yankees are paying this guy any more than 10% of his contract then: hahahahahahaha!!!!

  13. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Funny, but this being a Yankee post; where is the comment(s) from randygayc???

    Hey randy, what happened? Where you be at? C’mon, you’re usually the first to post!

  14. kiwicricket - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I can only assume that Cashman was playing a drinking game with Hank, Cashman lost and had to randomly scroll and choose an OF’er on his mobile.

  15. kiwicricket - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Yanks to pay Wells 13M over 2yrs.
    Someone in the Angels front office must have pics of Brian Cashman doing some horribly perverted things.

    • ptfu - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Ahh so it’s the Yankees, not the Angels, who are paying Wells the $13M for 2 years. That makes more sense.

      If we’re moderately generous and assume Wells prorates to a 1 WAR player, then $6.5M/year is an overpay but not a catastrophe. He’s probably “worth” only half to 2/3 of that but a few million bucks isn’t going to sink the Yankees. (I’m also assuming they’re sending nothing more notable than a bucket of baseballs to the Angels.)

  16. soxfan34110 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Love it!!!! There’s a gaping hole in the Yank’s and they’re taking on water. Yet the band plays on. Gonna be fun to watch them sink to the bottom!

    • chill1184 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Their propagandists (Micheal Kay and Buster Onley as two examples) are touting that this signing will work out great for them. Yet if anyone else did this deal they would’ve been rightfully laughed at

  17. jdvalk - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Cashman needs to go count his trophies with Torre while the Yanks get a GM up to the task of building with the generous constraints of the current budget.

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