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Vernon Wells is officially a Yankee

Mar 26, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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The deal sending Vernon Wells from the Angels to the Yankees is now official and Wells is in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game, batting sixth and playing left field.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Yankees will take on $13.9 million of the $42 million Wells is owed for the next two seasons, the bulk of which will be this year.

Obviously the Angels were plenty happy to shed Wells from the roster and save $13.9 million in the process, but they also got a pair of minor leaguers in outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed. Cayones was acquired from the Pirates in last year’s A.J. Burnett deal.

  1. kjericho43 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I don’t care how much Yankees pixie dust you spray on Vernon Wells. He is destined to not be worth a salary. (no offense Vern)

    • zacksdad - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Funny thing is now three different teams and GMs thought he was. The Yankees were probably the smartest as they are only paying about 7 million a year. Angels paid him 21 million a year to warm up the bench for the most part. Heck a night after Tommy’s Burgers I could handle that part of the job.

  2. andyreidisthegoat - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    um…. Good?

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    BTW, neither of the minor leaguers they received are even considered “prospects”. Just wanted to add that.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Unless I’m misunderstanding Cot’s they way they have broken down Wells salary they have the Yankees picking up exactly $13MM.

    • muscles1331 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      The Yankees released David Adams off the 40-man roster to make room for Wells. David Adams is a 2b prospect. David Adams was one healthy ankle away from being dealt to Seattle for Cliff Lee. David Adams is healthy and hit .306 last year.

      In other words, Vernon Wells just made it $6.5 million dollars more difficult to get under the luxury tax next year while simultaneously costing the Yankees a solid 2b prospect in Cano’s walk year.

      As a Yankees fan I seriously hope they know what they are doing because us less informed folks think this was stupid on a number of levels…

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Well, they structured it so that there is no LT hit next season, but yeah, David Adams is another cost.

      • muscles1331 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Yeah I saw that after I posted my comment. Still annoyed at the Yankees thought process though. No excuse for the Yankees to field a team with such little upside.

        No low risk – high reward signings.
        No outside players with ascending numbers.
        No trades for pre-arbitration or early arbitration players.

        For a team with their resources, I find it astounding that their bench can only field Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, Juan Rivera, Chris Stewart, etc.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        No arguments here.

  4. gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Yankees are on their way to becoming the Oakland Raiders of baseball —In fact–I’m pretty sure The late AL davis was a friend and an of the late George S

    • yournuts - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      The only difference is the Yankees win and the Raiders don’t. Let’s see how this plays out? If he has a good year then this is a killer deal for the Bombers. Wells, 34, has a .273 (1,695-for-6,218) career batting average with 885 runs, 363 doubles, 34 triples, 259 home runs and 908 RBI in 1,601 games over 14 Major League seasons (1999-2012). He is a .292 (460-for-1,576) career batter with 62 homers against left-handed pitching and a .266 (1,235-for-4,642) batter with 197 home runs when facing right-handed pitching.
      Just because it didn’t work out for him in Anaheim doesn’t mean anything. The Angels might not have been a good fit and besides most of his salary is paid for by Artie Moreno.

      • gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Yes –but like the Yankeees the Raiders were for decades a winning dominating franchise until they started making consistent poor choices and found themselves loaded down with overpaid unproductive players —then the bottom fell out and the 10+ year decline started– Let’s see if this isnt the beginning of losing ways for the Yanks –although not being restrained by a salary cap and tons of dead money should make it a little easier in baseball to right the ship.

      • yournuts - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        I don’t ever remember the Raiders being a winning dominating franchise since 1980. The Raiders run was from 1967 thru 1980. The 49er’s, Steelers, Giant’s, Redskins, Cowboys, and Packers all had better runs than the Raiders. The Patriots and Redskins had as good, if not better than the Raiders.

      • forsch31 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        The Raiders were also strong in the early-1980s, winning the Super Bowl again in 1983. Those were the teams of Tom Flores, including Marcus Allen, Howie Long, and Todd Christensen. It was the late 1980s that the cracks started to show, and Al Davis began to make the same kind of decisions the Yankees are beginning to now, acquiring under performing players, over-the-hill guys, and reclamation projects with a known name.

      • yournuts - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        The Yankees have won 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. Tell me how many super Bowls the Raiders have? Lets be fair, since the super bowl started in 1967 the Yankees have won 7 World Series. Over twice as many as the Raiders have won. The Raiders were NEVER the Premier franchise in the NFL, perhaps the AFL, but not in the NFL. The 49ers, Cowboys, and Steelers from the 60’s on were more suited to be called the cream of the crop. The Raiders won the SB in 1977, 1981, and 1984. The played in another 2 and lost.
        To compare the Raiders to the Yankees is ridiculous. The Steelers at least won 4 out of six super bowls during the best years of Raider Nation.

  5. asimonetti88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Even if the Angels had to eat a good portion of his salary I’m still amazed they were able to move Wells. He seemed like a good guy and was popular among teammates but his best years were just past him. Good luck to him in New York.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Just goes to show you that any bad contract can be traded. In this case Vernon’s contract has been traded twice. I wish him luck against the Red Sox.

  6. Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    One thing worth noting is that because the Angels are paying part of Wells’ salary, what they give the Yankees each year is deducted from Wells’ LT hit. He counts for $18 million, the AAV of that seven year, $126 million deal. The Angels are giving the Yankees $9.5 million this year, making his hit $8.5 million, and they’re giving them $18.6 million next year, which actually gets them a $600,000 credit against the tax next year. That in no way justifies the stupidity of the deal, but at the very least, they didn’t blow Project 189 over it.


    • uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      My friend I wish you would withhold judgement of the deal until at least Wells has had an opportunity to show if the change in scenery rejuvenates him. It wouldn’t be the first time a players career was thought to be over only to be resurrected when they put on Yankee pinstripes.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        You give change-of-scenery guys near-minimum deals with a chance to make the team out of Spring Training, not nearly $7 million/year. He’s been less than worthless for the past two years. Obviously I’ll be rooting for some kind of return to his former prowess, but you just don’t bet anything valuable on 34 year olds hitting for the first time in three years and the second time in five.

        Also, my numbers were a bit off. Robothal’s got the scoop:

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Could I get a list of these amazing rejuvenation stories?

      • uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Kevin my friend I don’t see where the Yankees are betting anything on this deal. As for the money it’s costing the Yankees who cares we aren’t paying for it and you yourself admit it actually has a positive effect on the Yankees luxury tax threshold. He still has power hitting right handed and he’s only going to play regularly until Granderson comes back which is expected to be sometime the beginning of May about 5 weeks of the regular season. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t see any downside to this deal for the Yankees. It’s not like they had a bunch of other options internally that would give the Yankees the potential right hand hitter power bat this year considering all the injuries. At least that’s just my opinion.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Sure. Start with this one:

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        It’s the opportunity cost. It’s money that could have been used earlier this offseason and it’s money that could have been used for a mid-season upgrade. The Yankees flushed away $13.9 million away for somebody unlikely to actually help them, at a time in which they’re counting their pennies.

      • kevinbnyc - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        I was going to say “don’t worry guys, uyf1950 is being sarcastic.”

        But it appears he’s the last person on Earth, Vernon himself included, that believes Vernon Wells can still be a productive professional baseball player.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Kevin, I think you are confusing “opportunity” cost. First off as you said this deal doesn’t cost the Yankees anything towards the luxury tax threshold. Any other deal you think they had early would have added a 50% premium to the salary. Second, and I’m only guessing this deal is possible now because the the Yankees are re-couping about $3.5 to $4MM per month from the WBC because of Tex sustained an injuring will on the WBC roster. That credit was not available until recently. So once again I just don’t see where this deal is a “negative” for the Yankees relative to there options today..

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        According to that Rosenthal link, Martin was willing to go one year for the Yankees. Chavez signed a one-year deal. Pierzynski signed a one-year deal. None of those would have upset Project 189. And they could have used that money to acquire a player later – I find it hard to believe the Yanks will have no holes in mid July. Those are the opportunities the Yankees forwent by throwing this money at a player who has been absolutely worthless for two years.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Kevin, even if you assume Rosenthal’s “sources” about Martin are impeccable (which I’m not sure is a good assumption), Chavez is a lefty the Yankees are looking for a right handed hitter and you believe and AJ Piersynski’s 2012 power numbers weren’t an anomaly the Yankees obviously didn’t like AJ defense. But I’ll say it again all 3 of those players would have cost the Yankees a 50% premium to their luxury tax bill.

        My friend I think I’m just going to have to respectively say you and I are going to have to agree to disagree on the subject of this deal, at least from my perspective until Wells has some games under his belt in Yankee Stadium and in Yankee pinstripes.

        Have a good day.

      • Uncle Charlie - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        I don’t really have a dog in this fight, and quite frankly Wells at worse will have a negligible impact on the Yankees this season
        But there are a few guys that might have more upside as a $13 million so stop gap

      • Uncle Charlie - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        So….that’s a no on the long long list of Yankee rejuvenations then?

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Well, at least Yuni won’t be joining him….so, take some solace in that….if you can….but yeah, Wells isn’t even worth the roster spot, much less paying $7M/year for the honor of wasting that spot.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    To me this means the usual band of idiotic fans in LF at Rogers Centre are going to have MORE games to make life miserable in those seats by out-shouting each other taunts directed at Vernon Wells, basically making the game unwatchable from that section.

  8. jfk69 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Compared to Mets outfielders he is a star. That is not saying much. However… can play all outfield positions fairly well and if given the right at bats will be a huge upgrade over the players they brought in for the fourth outfield spot. Keep in mind 6.5 million per year does not buy much in baseball these days.
    Speaking of baseball prices. At eight bucks a tall boy I would have expected a lap dance at the very least.

  9. yournuts - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I’ll take Vernon Wells in my lineup batting 6th anyday with his power numbers.Wells, 34, has a .273 (1,695-for-6,218) career batting average with 885 runs, 363 doubles, 34 triples, 259 home runs and 908 RBI in 1,601 games over 14 Major League seasons (1999-2012). He is a .292 (460-for-1,576) career batter with 62 homers against left-handed pitching and a .266 (1,235-for-4,642) batter with 197 home runs when facing right-handed pitching. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 2003, ’06 and ’10, and earned a Silver Slugger Award in 2003.
    He’s been hurt last year with a thumb injury. If you ever had a thumb injust you know it zaps you of all your power. His spring is looking like he is driving the ball again. Good pick up at 6.5 million average over the next two years. A steal if he contributes anywhere near his power numbers.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      And players who were terrible in their age-32 and -33 seasons always play to their career averages in their age-34 season.

  10. sandpiperair - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    But is he a “real Yankee?”

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Uh, excuse me, that’s “TrueYankee®”

  11. vallewho - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I can’t believe they are taking on that mush $$$, even with the fancy accounting and the cap (benefit) for next year.

  12. vallewho - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I can’t believe they are taking on that much $$$, even with the fancy accounting and the cap (benefit) for next year.

  13. coryfor3 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Couldn’t the cubs have offered a better deal for Soriano? Similar prospects for cubs and same money taken on would have gotten a better player in Soriano right?

    • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      I think the Cubs had be looking for a decent prospect to eat similar money, but yes, that’s exactly what I’d wanted the Yankees to do. Soriano is actually still a useful player, and his ability to hit lefties would have left him with a role on the team even once everybody made their way back.

      • bigyankeemike - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        The reason the Yankees were able to get such deep cap discounts on Vernon Wells’ contract was because this was the second time during his contract that he was traded and there are allowances for that sort of thing.

        Soriano signed with the Cubs so the impact on the Yankees’ cap situation would have been much worse.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Are you sure? From what I’ve read, it had to do with the fact that the Angels sent the Yankees money to pay his salary, not that he was being traded a second time. If the Cubs sent the Yanks $6 million this year and $17 million next year, he’d count for $11 million against their LT bill in 2013 and $0 in 2014.

  14. losanginsight - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Obviously he’s overpaid and luckily for the jalos they got bailed out since NY needs to field a semi-respectable team.
    Los jalos will be in the same boat as NY in a couple years with 2 Wells like contracts on the books now.

  15. sometogethernow - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I assume that, knowing they couldn’t get anyone of real value in trade for Wells, the Angels just looked at all the Yankees’ minor-league rosters and picked the two most amazing names.

    Exircado Cayones and Kramer Sneed?! Jeeesus. The mind reels.

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