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Report: Yankees OF Vernon Wells designated for assignment

Vernon Wells had career-worst .631 on-base plus slugging percentage last season. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Vernon Wells had a career-worst .631 on-base plus slugging percentage last season. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

New York Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells was designated for assignment as the team looks to clear space on its 40-man roster, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com.

Wells hit .237 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 130 games in his only season with the Yankees.

The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran earlier this offseason, which made Wells expendable.

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The Yankees acquired Wells last March after the three-time All-Star spent the previous season with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are on the hook for $18.6 million of Wells' contract next season, while the Yankees will pay $2.4 million.

 

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