Yankees release Vernon Wells

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As expected, the Yankees have officially released outfielder Vernon Wells. He was designated for assignment last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Matt Thornton. No team claimed Wells and his massive salary off waivers (unsurprisingly), so any club can now sign him for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum. The Yankees still owe him $2.4M minus whatever his next team pays him.

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  • Greg C

    $2.4 million – 0 =

    • dkidd

      not having to watch vernon wells play for the yankees = priceless

  • qwerty

    14 million well spent.

  • Andy


  • Farewell Mo

    $14 million for -0.8 WAR?

    Cashman Failed for real

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      So played out.

      • Gummy Bear

        Not nearly as played out as your act that’s for sure.

  • JMK

    May this day be celebrated for generations to come.

  • vicki

    vaya con dios, vern. we’ll always have april.

  • TWTR

    Wells’ career fell off of a cliff faster than Wile E. Coyote.

    • Havok9120

      Well done.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Considering Coyote usually paused for 2-3 seconds before he fell, Wells should feel OK about that.

  • Darren

    I’m genuinely shocked Cashman was unable to extract even a Single A prospect for Wells.

    • lightSABR

      If they’re having trouble moving Ichiro for salary relief – who in heaven’s name thought it was a good idea to sign him for two years? – then the inability to unload Wells is less surprising.

    • I’m One

      I’m not. It was clear that the Yankees would release him, so why would anyone offer anything? I do believe someone will take a shot at him for league minimum, but I doubt he’ll last the entire season. He look to be toast, and if I ran a team (scary thought), I’d rather give a shot to a AAAA player than keep Wells around, even at league minimum.

      • Darren

        I figured if the Yankees offered to eat his entire salary (other than the minimum, which I believe the team he plays for would have to pay him), he’d be worth a very low level prospect to a team that’s very thin on outfield options & could use a platoon bench player. I guess his stock really is totally devalued now. Wow. I mean, he was a superstar for a minute.

        • Havok9120

          The offer you outlined is exactly what any team can get for him right now without giving up a player. We’ve been talking about the Yankees’ roster crunch for months; I doubt we’re the only ones who noticed Wells was going to have to be released at some point.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    As bad as he was on the field, he was a classy dude to have in pinstripes. Too bad the game didn’t fit the clubhouse credentials. I won’t speak ill of him, but I’m glad he won’t be making any more PAs in the pinstripes. Best of luck in life Vernon.

    • Kiko Jones