The New York Yankees have designated outfielder Vernon Wells for assignment, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. The team announced the move to make the signing of lefty Matt Thornton official. Wells will be paid $21 million in salary in 2014. The Los Angeles Angels pay $18.6 millon of that salary.
The Yankees have a few options for what to do with Wells: Place him on waivers, trade him, release him, or outright him to the minor leagues. This could be something to watch within the next few weeks.