Yankees rumors: Trade for Vernon Wells, Alfonso Soriano not expected

The New York Yankees are currently seeking a fill in for injured outfielder Curtis Granderson, and two names that have come up in trade talks are Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano. While both appeared to be early candidates to replace Granderson during his stay on the disabled list, it’s unlikely that the Yankees will acquire either player.


Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times believes it unlikely that the Yankees will be seriously interested in Wells, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels.

From afar a deal would make sense. Wells is blocked by Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, and he’s owed $42 million over the next two years. However, the Yankees are budget-conscious at this point and the Angels aren’t in a hurry to trade their only veteran reserve outfielder.

Soriano, a Chicago Cubs veteran, has also been mentioned in trade rumors. While he’s another expensive, aging player that offers a potential fit, Joel Sherman of The New York Post doesn’t get the sense that the Yankees will acquire the slugger with Granderson only expected to miss roughly 30 games.

At this point it appears the Yankees are more inclined to monitor in-house options, including Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, before potentially turning to out-of-option players and others at risk of losing a roster spot toward the end of spring training.



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