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22 Vernon Wells OF
Height/Weight: 6-1/230 | Birthdate: 12/8/1978 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 15 | Salary: $21,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 429.75

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Vernon Wells might choose to sit out 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Outfielder Vernon Wells might not play this season because it is not in his financial interests, major-league sources told FOX Sports. 

The veteran outfielder, who was released by the Yankees Jan. 15, is guaranteed $21 million in the final year of a seven-year, $126 million extension he signed with the Blue Jays in Dec. 2006. He would forfeit that money if he retired, but he wouldn't need to make that announcement if he declines to join another team. He became a free agent only because the Yankees did not want him and no other team claimed him on waivers. Therefore, he is entitled to the money.

If Wells chooses to continue his career, then his new team would be obligated to pay him only a pro-rated portion of the minimum salary, with his previous two teams -- Yankees and Angels -- responsible for the rest.


Marlins interested in Vernon Wells


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) The Marlins are interested in outfielder Vernon Wells, according to MLB.com.

Wells was designated for assignment by the Yankees earlier in the offseason, and is still looking for work. Miami is looking for a right-handed outfielder since they dealt Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs. The 35-year-old Wells hit .233 last year. 


Few teams showing interest in signing Vernon Wells


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Phillies are among a few teams that have expressed interest in signing outfielder Vernon Wells, who was recently released by the Yankees, according to The Boston Globe. The 35-year-old Wells could contemplate retiring and collect $21 million he is still owed on his contract or could decide to continue his MLB career.

One American League special assistant said, "It’s a no-brainer if you need a right-handed bat. He still hits lefties well [.269 last season], can play the outfield, not like he used to, but he’s basically a minimum-salary guy for any team since the Angels are still paying most of the freight."


Yankees release Vernon Wells


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Yankees have released outfielder Vernon Wells

Wells was designated by assignment by the club Friday. The team had 10 days to make a decision on what to do with Wells, but chose to release him. He hit .233/.282/.349 in 424 at-bats.


Vernon Wells designated for assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells has been designated for assignment, according to ESPN.

Wells tweeted that he was glad to be part of such a "storied franchise" a few minutes before the move was announced, prompting speculation that he had been let go. He will be removed from the team's 40-man roster. 


Vernon Wells wants to remain with Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Vernon Wells is well aware the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran has created a logjam of outfielders, meaning he will likely compete with Ichiro Suzuki for one of the final spots on the team's roster. Wells is hoping he will remain in the Bronx next year.

"Hopefully I'll get one more year with the Yankees," Wells said Thursday, per The Star-Ledger. "I had so much fun. My family had fun. It's a truly unique experience."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said keeping six outfielders on the roster wouldn't be his ideal scenario, but Wells said he's not worried about his future.

"There's possibly one spot up for grabs in the outfield, depending on if there are any moves made between here or there," Wells said. "But I've learned not to concern myself with things I have no control over. All I can control is getting ready for spring training and going in, and being ready to help the team in whatever what I can. Whatever role that I end up playing, whether it's there or somewhere else, I have to be ready and ready to produce."


Vernon Wells homers against former team


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells went deep during a win over the Angels, one of his former teams, Tuesday. Wells homered in the second inning for his 11th of the season. It was a solo blast.

Wells finished the game 2 for 2 with a single and two runs scored. He's up to 40 RBI on the season to go with his .245 average.

The 34-year-old Wells has three multi-hit games in his last five contests as he looks to heat up again down the stretch for the Yankees.

Vernon Wells the lone bright spot for Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells picked up three hits Monday against the White Sox.

Wells did all of his damage against Jose Quintana, who started the game for Chicago. Wells hit two doubles, and a single. He finished the game 3 for 4. Wells is hitting .242/.287/.369 in 339 at-bats. 


Vernon Wells starting at first base


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) The Yankees gave Vernon Wells the start at first base Monday in Chicago, The Journal News reports. Wells is starting at first base for the first time in his career. 

Mostly an outfielder, Wells has gone 13 for 54 (.241) with three RBI and 10 strikeouts over his last 20 games. 


Vernon Wells gets a break


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Royals. 

Wells has been working on fixing his swing, and is routinely getting a few days off. He could return Thursday against Ervin Santana. Wells is hitting .237/.273/.373 in 287 at-bats. 


Vernon Wells works on fixing swing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells had his first multi-hit game since June 8 Monday against the Twins and just his second since May 10. 

"My swing is good. We worked on a couple of things as far as emphasizing using my backside more," Wells said, per MLB.com. "I wanted to use my hands so much, I ended up pretty much only using my hands and not really getting my lower half into my swing. Obviously, I got the results in the game, but just during batting practice and the work today, the ball is jumping off my bat like it should."

Wells has become a part-time player after batting .184 in May and June. He's lost playing time to rookie Zoilo Almonte against right-handed pitchers.

"I just know that every day is a new day," he said. "We'll start July off in a better way. We always have to look at the next day and not worry about what took place last month or yesterday. It's about continuing to try to get better each and every day."


Vernon Wells with two hits Monday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells batted cleanup Monday during a 10-4 win at Minnesota. Unfortunately, most of the scoring for the Yankees was done after he left the ballgame in favor of Ichiro Suzuki in the eighth. 

Wells went 2 for 3 with two singles. He had no RBI or runs scored and is batting .228. The 34-year-old has one RBI in his last seven appearances and a run scored over that stretch. 


Vernon Wells comes through in a pinch


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells entered Saturday's home game against the Rays in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter for Chris Stewart with New York down 5-4 and the bases loaded. 

Wells put the Yankees ahead for good with his bases-clearing ground-rule double to deep right field. He went 1 for 1 as that was his only at-bat of the game. Wells is batting .224. 

Wells had gone 0 for 10 in his previous three games entering Saturday. 


Vernon Wells gets a rest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Rays.

Wells will be replaced by Zoilo Almonte, who will hit sixth against Roberto Hernandez. Wells is in a 13-for-110 slump and was replaced by a pinch hitter late Thursday. Wells is hitting .221/.263/.368 in 253 at-bats. 


Vernon Wells in awful slump


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells is 13 for his last 110, and it's been 112 at-bats since his last home run.

Wells was lifted late Thursday for a pinch hitter, but manager Joe Girardi expressed confidence in his left fielder. "I know [Wells is] capable of doing it because I’ve watched it with my own eyes. And I saw him do it in April and I believe he can still get it done," Girardi said.

Wells is hitting .221/.263/.368 in 253 at-bats. 


Vernon Wells singles against former team


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2013) Yankees left fielder Vernon Wells singled against the Angels, his former team, in Friday night's 5-2 loss. It was his only hit in four at-bats, making him 6 for 50 with no extra-base hits in the month of June.

Wells entered action Friday 0 for 12 in his last two games. He has hit .229/.273/.383 with 10 home runs in 240 at-bats.


Vernon Wells still viewed as everyday player


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2013) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he still sees outfielder Vernon Wells as an everday player for the team, the Newark Star-Ledger reports Saturday. That is despite the fact that he's not playing very well lately. 

Wells entered Saturday batting .236 for the season. He's gone just 3 for 34 (.088) over his last 10 games. 


Slumping Vernon Wells takes a seat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2013) Yankees slumping outfielder Vernon Wells, who was 0 for 14 against Tampa Bay and snapped an 0-for-17 stretch with a single Monday, sat against the Mets Wednesday, ESPN reports. 

Manager Joe Girardi did not call it a benching. Instead, he said Wells was just getting a day off. Wells' average is down to .263 and has gone 45 at-bats since his last home run. 

"It's just the ups-and-downs of being a hitter," Girardi said. "Sometimes when you get pitches to hit, you're gonna hit em, sometimes you're gonna miss 'em and sometimes you're not going to get any pitches to hit in the course of a week."


Yankees manager wants to settle on three outfielders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been juggling a lineup of four outfielders for three spots since Curtis Granderson came off the disabled list May 14. Girardi expressed Wednesday he would eventually like to settle on a rotation of three outfielders among Granderson, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, but for now he will continue with the status quo.

"At some point you will probably get to where you will try and put out the same lineup every day," Girardi said. 

Girardi has a simple message for his outfielders.

"Just go out and play, that’s all you can do," Girardi said. "As we have seen there are so many things that can happen in this game that we might need to play all four of them."


Vernon Wells adds second base to resume


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells has experienced a season of firsts. A few weeks ago he played third base for the first time in his career and Wednesday against the Mariners he played second base for the first time.

Wells started at DH Wednesday, but when manager Joe Girardi needed a pitcher in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 12-2 loss, he turned to infielder Alberto Gonzalez to get the final out, which prompted Wells to come off the bench to play second base.

"We needed one out," Girardi told The Star-Ledger. "It’s not something I want to do. But for me to bring in another pitcher, it doesn’t make a ton of sense there. We’re down 10 runs, with three outs to go. They have a full bullpen, with their closer rested. I just figured, put him at second base."


Vernon Wells starts, but stinks as DH


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/14/2013) With the Yankees facing right-hander Felix Hernandez Tuesday night, it would have been easy for Joe Girardi to bench Vernon Wells for left-handed batter Travis Hafner (better numbers vs. starter Felix Hernandez and at Yankee Stadium) in the DH spot. But Wells got the nod instead, batting third, with Hafner reportedly nursing a sore shoulder.

Wells, 34, is hitting .299 with nine home runs and four steals over 36 games. If the season ended today, he would have the third-highest OPS of his career. And with Hafner now nursing an injury, it looks like Wells' owners will have at least a few more days of reprieve from having to guess how the Yankees will find time for both him and Hafner with Curtis Granderson back.

It isn't all coming up roses for Wells, however. In 118 career at-bats as a DH, Wells has a .212 average and .691 OPS. So while he just bought some more playing time, it may come at a position where he traditionally struggles. Still, if Hafner misses significant time, Wells will have plenty of value in an offense that will surely see a rise in production now that Granderson is active. 


Vernon Wells likely to end up in timeshare


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) A Curtis Granderson return could be just days away, undoubtedly causing a cascade effect on the rest of the Yankees' starting lineup. Perhaps the most uncertain future is that of Vernon Wells.

On Monday’s episode of Fantasy Baseball Today, our Nando Di Fino theorized a scenario where Wells bounces around and even makes a stop at first base. Scott White said Wells’ lacking eligibility might make him a candidate for the most dropped list.


Vernon Wells continues power binge Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells homered for the second-straight game and the third in five games Sunday against the Royals. Wells followed Robinson Cano's two-run homer in the third inning with his ninth homer of the season.

Wells finished 3 for 4 with a run, stolen base and two RBI. He's batting .429 (9 for 21) with seven RBI in his last five games.


Vernon Wells mans the hot corner


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells had an interesting evening Wednesday against the Rockies. Not only did he lead the offensive charge with a 3-for-4 night, one home run and two RBI, but he also played third base in the ninth inning for the first time in his career.

Wells even got a chance to field a grounder off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez and threw it over to first in time to get the out.

"If you’re going to be over there, and you have Mariano on the mound, it’d be fun to get a ball," Wells said, per The Star-Ledger. "And I got a fairly easy one, with a chance to make a play."

Wells is batting .299 (20 for 67) with four home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs in his last 17 games.


Vernon Wells goes yard again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2013) Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells launched his sixth home run of the season during Thursday's contest against the Blue Jays.

Wells took starter Mark Buehrle deep for a solo home run in the second inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 5-3 victory.

Wells has homered three times in the last six games. He is hitting .293/.361/.587 with six home runs and 10 RBI in 75 at-bats.