— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) January 10, 2014
It was only a matter of time before this move came and it appears that time has come. Vernon Wells has been designated for assignment by the Yankees to open up a roster spot. He hit .233/.292/.349 (.279 wOBA) in 458 PA this past season, taking on a much bigger role than the team anticipated after the C-Grand injury. After looking like an All Star in April and early May, Wells hit the wall and was pretty much useless for the rest of the season. The Ellsbury and Beltran signings made him expendable and an easy target for a roster crunch casualty.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t celebrating this move. I was against the decision to bring Wells in last year and would much rather see whatever playing time he would have gotten this season go to Zoilo Almonte. With Wells on his way out, the question now becomes whether the Yankees will make the Brian Roberts or Matt Thornton signing official later this afternoon.