Yankees designate Vernon Wells for assignment

Vernon Wells of the New York Yankees is congratulated after stealing home plate on the back end of...

Vernon Wells of the New York Yankees is congratulated after stealing home plate on the back end of a double steal against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on September 3, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP)

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The New York Yankees designated veteran outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Wells, 35, confirmed the team cut ties with him through Twitter.

"Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied franchise," he wrote.

Wells had a batting line of .233/.282/.349 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 424 at-bats in 2013. His batting line over the last three seasons is .226/.267/.387.

He is still owed $21 million for 2014: $18.6 million by the Los Angeles Angels and $2.4 million by the Yankees. He played one season with the Yankees after getting traded by the Angels. This year is the final one on his $126 million contract he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008.

The Yankees no longer need Wells after adding Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to their crowded outfield that also includes Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki.

 


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