Yankees Add Wells, Overbay to Injury Riddled MLB RosterErik Matuszewski
The New York Yankees acquired three-time All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels to bolster a roster thinned by injuries to starters Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees also signed 36-year-old first baseman Lyle Overbay, who has played for five Major League Baseball teams over the past 12 years, to a minor-league contract.
Wells, 34, has 259 home runs over 14 major-league seasons and waived a no-trade clause in his contract, which had two years and $42 million remaining, to join the Yankees. New York sent a pair of minor leaguers -- outfielder Exircado Cayones and pitcher Kramer Sneed -- to the Angels for Wells and an undisclosed amount of cash.
With Granderson, Teixeira, Jeter and Rodriguez injured, and Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones having left in the offseason, the Yankees will enter this campaign without players who combined for 206 homers last year.
Wells has a career .273 batting average with 908 runs batted in and has hit 20 or more home runs in a season eight times. He struggled with the Angels the past two years after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .222 with 36 home runs and 95 RBIs.
Wells lost his starting job last season with the emergence of rookie Mike Trout, who finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting, and was set to be a reserve outfielder again this season.
Overbay has a lifetime .270 batting average, 133 homers and 581 RBI with Arizona, Milwaukee, Toronto, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. A left-handed hitter, Overbay played in 65 games last season for the Diamondbacks and Braves, hitting .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI.
In 18 games at the current Yankee Stadium, Overbay has batted .311 (19-for-61) with three home runs.
The Yankees open the season on April 1 when they host the Boston Red Sox.