Zduriencik: No decision yet on Wells/Bay
General manager Jack Zduriencik says no decision has been finalized yet on the last roster move between Casper Wells and Jason Bay as the team will let that go down to the final deadline on Sunday.
Wells is being left behind in Peoria to play in a couple Minor League games this weekend, while Bay will accompany the team to Salt Lake City and presumably Oakland to open the season Monday.
Zduriencik said the idea is to let Wells play in a couple extra Minor League games and get more at-bats after not seeing much time recently, but it’s safe to assume he’s the odd man out and the team is simply waiting until the last minute to make sure nothing happens to change the picture.
Manager Eric Wedge noted that the team needs to protect itself in case of injuries in these final games.
Wells is out of Minor League options, so he’ll either need to be released or traded if the Mariners indeed opt to keep Bay.
“At this moment in time, we don’t have any information except to say we don’t have to have the roster set until Sunday. So what we’re going to do is let it play itself out,” Zduriencik said. “We’ve made a decision on keeping a couple pitchers back here to get some work in and we’ll have Casper Wells stay back as well.
“Until we really have to make a roster move, we’re not going to make a roster move.”
As for Wells staying behind in Peoria?
“We want him to get his AB’s. For the last few days he hasn’t played quite all that much,” Zdurienik said. “Our decision was to keep him here, let him play and he can certainly get three games in, 4-5 at-bats per game, so it worked good for him.”
Zdurienick also said he hasn’t heard back yet from Jeremy Bonderman on whether he’ll accept an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, but remains hopeful the veteran right-hander will choose to continue his comeback with the club.