As expected no teams wanted anything to do with Vernon Wells’ contract after the Yankees designated him for assignment last week, so the 35-year-old outfielder passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released by New York.
Wells’ collapse was incredibly fast, as he went from hitting .273 with 31 homers and an .847 OPS for the Blue Jays in 2010 to failing to crack a .700 OPS in 2011, 2012, and 2013. And now he’s looking for work, most likely as a part-time platoon player or bench bat and most likely on a minor-league contract.
Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:
Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.
Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.
With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.