TAMPA, Fla. – On his first day with the New York Yankees, outfielder Vernon Wells recalled a game in the International League more than a decade ago and he saw Darryl Strawberry in uniform for the opposition.
I remember the first time I played the Triple-A Yankees, when I was 20 years old, he said Tuesday. It was the first that I actually got goosebumps playing against another team. And from that day I’ve quietly been a Yankee fan.
Wells’ trade to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday, when New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.
Obviously not when we’ve played against them, Wells said, but every time the Yankees were in the playoffs and I was sitting at home, I was cheering for the Yankees. Somewhat of a dream come true.
Around the leagues
Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is still recovering from surgery on his left ankle, is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list. The White Sox put left-hander John Danks on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from surgery on his rotator cuff and biceps. Rick Porcello earned the No. 5 starter’s job in the Detroit rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen. Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are staying with Cleveland after the pair agreed to minor league contracts. Pittsburgh told left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and third baseman Brandon Inge they will make the opening day roster. Right-hander Aaron Cook was released by Philadelphia. Derek Lowe will start the season in the Texas bullpen. San Francisco selected the contract of right-hander Chad Gaudin from Triple-A Fresno.