Found March 24, 2013 on Rumors and Rants:
The New York Yankees and California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels are close to completing a deal that would send Vernon Wells and his horrific contract to the Bronx. The 34-year-old outfielder will have to waive his no-trade clause for it to happen, but it appears he’s ready to do just that. Wells is in the sixth year of a seven-year, $126 million contract, and is owed $21 million in each of the next two seasons. Sources claim the Angels will absorb a portion of that salary, and the Yankees would owe Wells about $13 million over the next two seasons. While that sounds like a decent deal for the Yankees, people should be reminded just what kind of player New York will be getting. Wells has missed 116 games over the past two seasons – his only two with the Angels – and in those years he has combined to hit just .222 with only 36 home runs and 95 RBI. His on-base percentage has been an atrocious .258, and his OPS is a woeful .667 while in Los Angeles. The fact that the Angels are reporte...
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