The Yankees, trying to addressing their offensive needs, are engaged in "very active talks" to acquire Angels outfielder Vernon Wells, according to a major league source.
Wells, 34, is owed salaries of $21 million in each of the next two seasons. The Angels almost certainly would need to pay the bulk of that money to facilitate a trade.
The Yankees are under the impression that Wells would waive his no-trade clause to join them. However, the teams have not yet agreed on terms, so Wells has not been formally asked for his approval, the source said.
Wells, acquired from the Blue Jays for catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera on Jan. 21, 2011, has been a bust with the Angels, batting .222 with a .667 OPS in 791 plate appearances. However, he has been better against left-handed pitching during that time, batting .266 with a .794 OPS.
The Yankees, though, are short on outfielders and offense in general after losing Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez to free agency an...