Winners and Losers of Vernon Wells to New York Yankees Trade

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Winners and Losers of Vernon Wells to New York Yankees Trade
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It was just last month that I looked at why a trade for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells or former Yankee and current Chicago Cub Alfonso Soriano was a bad idea for the New York Yankees.

Yet despite a need to infuse an aging roster with youth and athleticism, the Bronx Bombers are on the verge of adding a 34-year-old Wells to the mix.

According to multiple outlets, including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, a deal that brings Wells to the Bronx will be completed within the next 24 hours:

Wells, who is due nearly $49 million through the 2014 season, will have the bulk of his salary picked up by Los Angeles, which will receive a low-level minor league player in exchange, according to's Bryan Hoch.

While the trade isn't costing the Yankees anything significant, and the Angels are moving a player for which they had no real use, there are pros and cons—winners and losers—to such a move for both teams.

Let's take a look at who and what is affected most by the deal.


UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26

The deal is official.

According to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the Yankees have traded a pair of low-level minor leaguers to Los Angeles in exchange for Wells—outfielder Exicardo Cayones and left-handed pitcher Kramer Sneed.

New York also agreed to pay $14 million of the remaining salary on Wells' contract

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