The Yankees have designated Vernon Wells for assignment, as they create roster spots on their 40-man.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 10, 2014
Wells is owed $21 million in 2014, $2.5 of which the Yankees are on the hook for. And luckily that money will not count toward to team’s payroll, as every penny is being counted at this point.
My guess is this is not the end for Wells, as some team will grab him for nothing.
In the early 2000’s, Wells looked like a superstar on the rise. And over his 15-year career, he was named an All-Star three times. He also won three Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger award; all while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays who rewarded him with an 8-year, $126 million contract back in 2008.
Since being traded to the Angels from Toronto in 2011, Wells has been on the decline. Injuries factored in, and the once All-Star was a shell of himself. The Angels basically handed Wells to the Yankees last year, and offered to pay most of the $42 million that Wells was still owed in 2013-2014.
Wells might not be the same player he once was, but he is supposedly one of the nicest guys and beloved in all the clubhouses he called home.
I wish Vernon Wells the best of luck in his future endeavors.
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) January 10, 2014