Vernon Wells is on the verge of becoming the latest addition to the Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup.
New York neared an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday to acquire the 34-year-old outfielder, who has slumped since hitting 32 homers with 106 RBIs for Toronto in 2006.
‘‘It’d be a huge change. I don’t think it’s ever easy saying goodbye, but at the same time, if this were to happen, it’s a good group of guys over there,’’ Wells said.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the sides were bargaining over the money that would be included in a trade. Wells is owed $42 million over the next two seasons, and the Yankees anticipated they would end up being responsible for about $12 million to $13 million of that total.
‘‘We have discussed a deal with the Yankees,’’ Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said, refusing to go into more detail.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman declined comment after the Yankees beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings in Tampa behind a pair of two-run homers by Kevin Youkilis.
Before the game, Cashman said captain Derek Jeter was likely to join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list at the start of the season.
Wells would take over in left field while Granderson is recovering from a broken right forearm and join an outfield that includes center fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.
‘‘Veteran leadership, a good guy,’’ Youkilis said of Wells. ‘‘He’s got power. Plays the outfield real well. I’ve always respected Vernon as a player. It would be great.’’
Padres release Garcia
The Padres released veteran righthander Freddy Garcia, eliminating one candidate for the No. 5 spot in their rotation.
Garcia, 36, was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six starts this spring, allowing 25 runs and 26 hits in 20⅔ innings.
Arroyo hit on hand
Bronson Arroyo of the Reds left his start after getting hit on his pitching hand by David Murphy’s line drive in Cincinnati’s 7-2 loss to the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. Preliminary X-rays detected no break. Arroyo allowed three runs and nine hits in 5⅓ innings before being led off the field by a trainer . . . Reds third base coach Mark Berry said he has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes. The 50-year-old Berry intends to stay with the team at least for home games. Berry, who has been the third base coach since 2003, has not decided whether he will continue in that capacity or move to the bench on manager Dusty Baker’s staff . . . The Indians released Daisuke Matsuzaka from his minor league contract, but were expected to re-sign him. The Indians had until Tuesday to make the move or Matsuzaka would have been owed $100,000 under the collective bargaining agreement. The righthander will likely begin the season in Triple A . . . Carl Crawford hit his first home run for the Dodgers and played left field for the second time since elbow surgery in a 7-4 loss to the Athletics in Phoenix . . . Shortstop Ronny Cedeno agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who informed infielder Tyler Greene he will not make the Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old Cedeno is an eight-year veteran who hit .259 in 78 games with the Mets last season . . . In Viera, Fla., Bryce Harper had three hits and stole two bases, one day after he was scratched because of a swollen left hand, in the Nationals’ 9-3 win over the Braves.