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.”READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Changes To Intake At Rikers Island After Isaabdul Karim's Death, 12th In Last 12 Months
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.