Vernon Wells is now officially a Yankee

Vernon Wells, board-certified Yankee. (Getty Images)

Officially official: Outfielder Vernon Wells is now a Yankee. The Yanks on Tuesday announced that the much-discussed trade with the Angels has been finalized. The 34-year-old Wells is still owed a total of $42 million over the next two seasons, and, as's Jon Heyman reported, the Yankees will be picking up between $13-14 million of that obligation.

In return, the Angels receive 21-year-old minor-league outfielder Exicardo Cayones (.730 OPS across parts of four seasons) and 24-year-old minor-league lefty Kramer Sneed (4.39 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 2.69 K/BB ratio across parts of three seasons).

Wells is coming off a season in which he batted just .230/.279/403 in 77 games for the Angels. He hasn't been both healthy and productive since 2010, when he was still a Blue Jay. If Wells were a left-handed fly-ball hitter -- like, say, Raul Ibanez or Brennan Bosch -- then you could see the Yankees' logic, what with their absurdly accommodating right-field porch. But Wells, of course, bats right-handed. As such, it's hard to find the upside here.

Unless you're the Angels, in which case getting Wells off the roster and defraying some of what he's owed is nothing but win.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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