TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — On his first day with the New York Yankees, Vernon Wells recalled a game in the International League more than a decade ago and he saw Darryl Strawberry in uniform for the opposition.
“I remember the first time I played the Triple-A Yankees, when I was 20 years old,” he said Tuesday. “It was the first time that I actually got goosebumps playing against another team. And from that day I’ve quietly been a Yankee fan.”
Wells’ trade to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday, when New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exicardo Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.
“Obviously not when we’ve played against them,” Wells said, “but every time the Yankees were in the playoffs and I was sitting at home, I was cheering for the Yankees. Somewhat of a dream come true.”
Los Angeles will pay $28.1 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the final two seasons of the $126 million, seven-year contract he signed with Toronto.
The Angels will give New York $9.5 million this year and $18.6 million in 2014, leaving the Yankees to pay $11.5 million this year and $2.4 million in 2014. The structure was designed to help the Angels to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $178 million this year and help the Yankees get under it in 2014, when the threshold rises to $189 million.