MLB notes: Yankees trade for Vernon Wells, sign Lyle Overbay

Vernon Wells has been traded to the New York Yankees. (REUTERS)

Vernon Wells has been traded to the New York Yankees. (REUTERS)

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The New York Yankees, dealing with injuries to their star players, have added three-time all-star Vernon Wells in a trade with the Anaheim Angels.

Wells comes at a discount as the Angels will reportedly pay $28.1 million of the remaining $42 million owed to the outfielder over the next two seasons.

The trade sends outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-handed pitcher Kramer Sneed -- both Class A prospects with the Yankees – the other way.

The deal was first reported Sunday and was completed once the 34-year-old passed a physical Tuesday.

Wells hit .230 with 11 homers in 262 plate appearances last season and has 259 career home runs and a .292 batting average in 14 seasons between the Angels and Toronto Blue Jays.

In other news, Derek Jeter will begin the season on the disabled list due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left ankle. He will be eligible to play April 6 against the Detroit Tigers, the fifth game of the season.

Meanwhile, the Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal, hours after he was released by the Boston Red Sox Tuesday.

Overbay will get a chance to earn the job at first base with Mark Teixeira out with an injury, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

BETEMIT OUT AT LEAST 6-8 WEEKS

The Baltimore Orioles will lose designated hitter Wilson Betemit for 6-8 weeks after he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Monday.

But there is good news as Betemit will not require surgery and will stay in Sarasota, Fla., for a few weeks before starting a rehab program.

"It felt like my legs, my bones, felt like I had broke everything," Betemit, wearing a large brace, told reporters. "Then (Monday) after they took me to the MRI, they told me it was my ligament in the back, everything is connected, but it's stretched too much. That's why I have to wear this (brace) so I can connect them back."

FREESE TO GO ON DISABLED LIST

The St. Louis Cardinals will place David Freese on the disabled list because of back problems, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The team is exercising caution with the third baseman and will have Ryan Jackson replace him on the roster.

Freese, 29, batted .293 with 20 homers in 144 games last season, and was the 2011 World Series MVP.

INDIANS BRING BACK DICE-K, CAPPS

The Cleveland Indians are bringing back pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps.

The Indians had released the duo recently to avoid paying $100,000 bonuses and signed them Tuesday to minor-league deals. They will likely head to Triple-A Columbus.

Matsuzaka made 11 starts last year with the Boston Red Sox, going 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 45 2/3 innings.

Capps recorded 14 saves for the Twins last season in 29 1/3 innings.

ROYALS NAME FIFTH STARTER

The Kansas City Royals selected Luis Mendoza as their fifth starter to begin the season.

The right-hander beat out lefty Bruce Chen, who will pitch in relief. The rest of the rotation includes James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis.

Mendoza posted a 0.82 ERA in three Cactus League games, surrendering one run on 10 hits and two walks in 11 innings, while striking out eight.


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