The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to multiple reports.
Wells, 34, is owed $42 million over the next two years. He also has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he would have to accept any move.
Wells’ nameplate was removed from his locker and his belongings were packed at the Angels’ spring training facility in Tempe, Ariz., according to the Los Angeles Times.
Last season with the Angels, he hit .230 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in 77 games. In his 14-year career, Wells is a .273 hitter and has 259 home runs. He’s been on the decline since being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Angels in 2011.
And with Curtis Granderson out for the Yankees until May, newly acquired Brennan Boesch was expected to play left field as Brett Gardner makes the shift to center.