Trading Vernon Wells Was No Small Luxury for Angels

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Trading Vernon Wells Was No Small Luxury for Angels
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TEMPE, Ariz.— — The Angels' trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday, will have financial implications beyond the $13 million or so the Angels will save over the next two years by shipping the veteran outfielder to the Bronx. A major incentive for dealing Wells, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly, is to give the Angels enough financial relief to finish the season under the $178-million luxury tax threshold...

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