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Yankees release Vernon Wells

Jan 16, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

New York Yankees' Wells hits two-run home run against Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

As expected no teams wanted anything to do with Vernon Wells’ contract after the Yankees designated him for assignment last week, so the 35-year-old outfielder passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released by New York.

Wells’ collapse was incredibly fast, as he went from hitting .273 with 31 homers and an .847 OPS for the Blue Jays in 2010 to failing to crack a .700 OPS in 2011, 2012, and 2013. And now he’s looking for work, most likely as a part-time platoon player or bench bat and most likely on a minor-league contract.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I am not sure if Vernon is looking for work. I suspect that he will be paid the full amount of his contract even if he does not play another game. He always planned to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

  2. 950003cups - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Baseball contracts are guaranteed. Yankees released him likely to clear up a roster spot.

    • bjbeliever - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      and most of his salary is still being paid by the Angels

  3. 950003cups - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Only time you don’t get paid is if you’re suspended. ARod lost a years salary. He should’ve never came back from IR.

  4. corky2141 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Ruben Amaro already has a 4 year deal waiting for him

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Not sure of the details in this case, but I know Wells was expected to cost the Yankees $0 in salary this season, as the Angels were paying 100% of it this year. Would those terms have come with Wells to a new team? If so, does this mean that no other team thought Wells was worth having around for $0 in salary?

    • spudchukar - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      No, Sab, the Yanks are on the hook for something like $2.4mil in 2014 for Wells, the Angels pick up the rest. All teams also have to pay the minimum for the services of a player.

  6. bh0673 - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Regardless the guy was a class act too bad his skills declined.

  7. jarathen - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    It was a good idea for the Angels to dump Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli for a player so good that he makes that much money.

  8. psousa1 - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I’m sure the Dodgers will look at the size of his bloated contract and say “He must be good – look at how much money he makes! We gotta get this guy!”

    • pisano - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      psousa1…the Dodgers make the Yankees look like cheapskates, supposedly they’re payroll for this year is 240mil, and they still haven’t signed all their roster yet. Imagine if they get Tanaka, God knows how much he’ll get.

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Or they’ll look at the size of his bloated ass and say, “We’re glad our park is open-air”.

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