"He will be the everyday left fielder," an official with knowledge of the Yankees plans told ESPN New York.I was hoping that these injuries would give a younger player--like Melky Mesa--a chance to prove himself at the big league level, but instead they add another aging vet who hasn't been able to hit in two+ years. That said, I hope this works out for the Yanks... In other Wells-related news, it turns out this deal make actually help the Yankees financially, or at least not hurt them. Check out that story on the Daily News.
The official added that when Curtis Granderson returns, Wells will be the fourth outfielder. Since Wells is righty, he still will get at-bats as the Yankees regular outfield consists of three lefties, Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. The official said the Yankees plan on using Wells as a DH, too, because their main DH Travis Hafner is left-handed.
The Yankees now have the option of keeping Juan Rivera to play first base until Mark Teixeira returns. In the outfield, they could retain Brennan Boesch as another lefty, at least until Granderson returns. Boesch has options and there is nothing in his contract, the official said, that would prevent the Yankees from sending him down to the minors.
The Yankees could consider Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier and Ben Francisco for the final reserve outfield spot on the Opening Day roster insted of Boesch. Mustelier can play third, as well.
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