TEMPE, Ariz. The Angels finalized their trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees on Tuesday after the veteran outfielder passed a physical and the commissioners office approved the cash being exchanged in the deal.
The Angels will pay 28.1 million of the remaining 42 million on Wells contract, which runs through 2014, meaning the Yankees will pick up 13.9 million of the deal. The Yankees sent Class-A pitcher Kramer Sneed and Class-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones to the Angels.
Wells, a huge disappointment during his two years in Anaheim, when he he hit a combined .222 with 36 home runs and 95 runs batted in while being paid 21 million a year, agreed Sunday morning to waive his no-trade clause, and by Sunday afternoon, his Tempe Diablo Stadium locker was empty and he had said his goodbyes.
The teams had 72 hours to complete the transaction, so Wells flew to his Texas home Sunday night before traveling to Tampa, Fla., where the Yankees train, Monday afternoon. Wells underwent a...