They actually have three outfielders that are good enough to be major league reserves right now in Chris Dickerson, Greg Golson, and Justin Maxwell. The thing is that all three are out of options so the Yankees could very well be losing at least two and maybe even all three before the end of spring training.
By signing Wise the Yankees have a replacement for one of those players who doesn’t need to be put on the 40-man roster yet. If he stays with the team past spring training, he will likely spend most of the season in Triple-A and only get called up if there is an injury.
Wise is soon to be 34-years-old and flat out can’t hit. His career OBP is a pathetic .256. He does play strong outfield defense and is best known for making an amazing 9th inning catch in Mark Buehrle‘s perfect game.