Monday, March 25, 2013
Vernon Wells Coming to Yankees
The big news from this weekend is that Vernon Wells is coming over to the Yankees. The Yankees will cover $13 million of the remaining $42 million on his contract, and the Yankees intend to pay most of that $13 million this year so it doesn't impact the 2014 payroll goal. Vernon Wells could be productive if healthy, but inevitably health has been a problem for him. As a temporary offensive replacement for Granderson, he should cover fine. If we were relying on him to be an everyday outfielder for the next couple seasons, we would be in trouble. The Yankees also added Chien Ming Wang to their triple A rotation. We are a week away from opening day, and it'll be very interesting to see what the Yankees do with their combination of bench players. I am still of the mindset that if the Yankees hope to get under the $189 million payroll in 2014, they will want to give some of their prospects major league experience now, in hopes that they can take a starting position next season. For this reason, giving Ronnier Mustelier a chance to play is probably a good idea. He's hit well this spring, and has earned the spot. Choosing a major league veteran with no future with the team over a prospect doesn't make sense at this stage.