Jan. 10, 2002 was the date when the large and loud lefty known as “Boomer,” rejoined the team he never wanted to leave.
The 38-year-old southpaw agreed to a two-year contract worth $7 million.
During his first tenure, Wells spent two seasons in the Bronx, pitching a perfect game and helping the team win the 1998 World Series. Wells was an American League All-Star that season and finished third in Cy Young Award voting.
Wells returned to much fanfare and provided the Yankees with 200+ workhorse innings in each campaign. The rubber-armed lefty had a hiccup in the 2002 ALDS and was mostly solid in the 2003 postseason until his back went out in Game 5 of the 2003 World Series.