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Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment

Vernon Wells was designated for assignment on Friday.
Vernon Wells was designated for assignment on Friday.
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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.

Removing Wells from the 40-man roster allows the Yankees to add relief pitcher Matt Thornton, who agreed to terms last month but did not officially sign his contract until Friday.

Dan is’s beat writer for the New York Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Follow him on Twitter at @danpfeiffer74 for all the latest New York Yankees news.