With the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to an already overcrowded outfield, Vernon Wells had become expendable. On Friday, his time as a member of the New York Yankees was over, as the team designated him for assignment after one season in the Bronx.
“Thank you Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied franchise,” Wells said on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
Wells, 35, played in 130 games for the Yankees last season, batting .233 with 11 home runs and 50 runs batted in. Wells had gotten off to a hot start, hitting .300 with six home runs during the season’s first month. However, Wells struggled through much of the rest of the season as he was exposed as a liability when asked to play regularly.