By John Hickey
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 4:23 pm in 2013 spring training.
BOSTON – It’s been a long, tough first few months of the baseball season for Casper Wells.
And that doesn’t figure to change any time soon.
He started the spring with Seattle, got designated for assignment late in the spring by the Mariners and was picked up by Toronto.
The Blue Jays didn’t keep him around long, however. After claiming him from the Mariners on April 10, Toronto found it needed roster space and the Jays, too, designated Wells for assignment on April 15.
That’s when the A’s came calling. Oakland has been short of outfielders with Yoenis Cespedes (left hand) on the disabled list, and Wells can play all three outfield positions with decent range and a well-above-average arm.
But Cespedes could be back from the disabled list as soon as Sunday, and there appears to be no room on the roster for Wells once that happens. And if that’s the case, it will be Oakland’s turn to try and get Wells through waivers and onto a minor league roster.
Wells, a right-handed hitter, has enough power and good enough defensive skills to make him a valuable role player in the organization, but the fact that he has not slid easily through waivers twice now suggests that it’s going to be difficult for Oakland to keep him.
That may be one reason why A’s manager Bob Melvin deferred talking about the roles Wells might play once he joins the club, which should be Tuesday.