Buster Olney of ESPN (@Buster_ESPN) has just reported that the New York Yankees have designated outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment, clearing room on their 40-man roster.
With the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran (and Ichiro Suzuki patrolling left field), Wells has become expendable. Some had speculated that any further transactions would be on hold until after a decision on Alex Rodriguez had been reached. That decision may happen as early as today. Brian Roberts or Matt Thornton figure to be the next announced and official deals, according to Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo).
Wells, who could be going into his age-35 season, finished his only season with the Yankees with a .233/.282/.349 slash line over 130 games while manning the outfield for the Bronx.
His salary in 2014 is projected to be $18.6 million, but is currently being paid by the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the New York Yankees. Buster also notes that the Red Sox, Rangers and Rays are all in need of a power-hitting right handed bat.