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A’s Acquire Casper Wells From Blue Jays

April 22, 2013

It is hard to feel sympathetic to professional baseball players. Virtually anyone who reads this blog probably would love to be a professional baseball player. I know I would and at 32 still find myself occasionally swinging a World Series winning home run in my own imaginary little world – the pitcher’s head jerking back as he has that unsettling feeling of knowing that ball isn’t coming back. That said, I feel for Casper Wells – the latest A’s acquisition. The A’s acquired Wells in exchange for cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays today. Wells who has spent his MLB career with both the Detroit Tigers who drafted him and the Seattle Mariners to whom he was sent as a part of the Doug Fister trade, was designated for assignment by the Mariners to start the 2013 campaign as they opted to go with Jason Bay (another reason to feel bad for the decent Wells) instead of Wells. He then was claimed off waivers at the last moment by waiver claim aficionado Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays and after sitting on the roster four days and seeing zero game action. So here we sit today at April 22nd, a passable MLB player has yet to see any game action has he has spent the majority of this season waiting out the 10 days for a DFA.

Wells has played 224 games and has gone to the plate 656 times in his career hitting .246/.317/.435 with 25 home runs walking just 7.6% of the time while K’ing in 25.9% of trips to the dish. He has a .329 wOBA and 109 wRC+. An All-Star he is not, but a useful piece he is. That said, how is he useful to these A’s? He seems destined to again find himself on the merry-go-round that is the DFA process because once Yoenis Cespedes comes back off of the DL Wells who hit .228/.302/.396 with 10 home runs in 316 plate appearances during his 1.2 WAR 2012 for Seattle, will surely not displace Seth Smith or Chris Young on this roster. I imagine the A’s hope to sneak him through waivers and option him to Sacramento, but that seems unlikely given that all there does appear to be interest in Wells. It’ll be interesting to see what is in store but I wouldn’t hold my breath we will ever see much of him.

To squeeze him onto the 40-man roster the A’s made an expected move transferring Scott Sizemore to the 60-day disabled list. Also unsurprisingly to get Wells onto the 25-man roster the A’s dispatched Michael Taylor back to Sacramento. In his three games he went 0-for-6. At least he is getting better as his WAR for 2013 is -0.1, topping his -0.2 2012 and his -0.3 2011…

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