Casper Wells claimed by Blue Jays

WellsCasperOutfielder Casper Wells was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, according first to Peter Gammons and since announced officially by the Mariners.

Wells is out of Minor League options, so he was designated for assignment by the Mariners on March 31 when the club decided to go with Jason Bay as its final outfielder on the 25-man roster. That gave the Mariners a 10-day window to trade, release or outright Wells to the Minors if he cleared waivers.

Wells, 28, is an excellent defender who hit .225 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs in 124 games for the Mariners over the past two seasons. He batted .189 with two homers, 14 RBIs and a .646 OPS in 53 at-bats this spring.

Wells was one of four players acquired from the Tigers in the Doug Fister trade on July 30, 2011, coming to Seattle along with pitchers Charlie Furbush and Chance Ruffin and third base prospect Francisco Martinez, who has since been shifted to center field.

The Blue Jays will either need to keep him on their own 25-man roster or go through the same procedure of designating him for assignment if they want to send him to the Minors.

The Blue Jays have a starting outfield of Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, with Rajai Davis the primary backup at all three positions. Emilio Bonifacio is also capable of playing in the outfield, though he has been used mostly at second base early this season.

Also, Ryan Divish of the News Tribune is reporting that the Mariners will call up left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise to bolster their bullpen after last night’s 16-9 loss, with Lucas Luetge getting sent down to Tacoma after pitching three innings in that game.

That move has not been announced by the Mariners, who don’t make such moves official until players actually arrive and are available to play. The Rainiers were in Sacramento last night, so presumably LaFromboise is making his way to Seattle as we speak.

LaFromboise is on the Mariners’ 40-man roster, but has never been with the big-league club. He went 5-2 with a 1,59 ERA in 27 appearances for Tacoma last year after a midseason promotion from Jackson.

He’s pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief this year for the Rainiers.


I’ve been a true Mariners fan since the very beginning..but why don’t we have enough good pitchers? Last nights game was really hard to watch and here I sit tonight and were already down 3-0 to Houston? Houston? Come on …what is with all the excuses of this and that and the other thing…. It just seems to me that a lot of the guys don’t play as hard as they should once they get here… is it going to be another season of disappointments ? and what should of could of been? we can do better..ya its the beginning of the season but lets play like we are the best team out there.. and want to be out there….Come on Mariners..!

Top of the 7th…O lets see were playing Houston and were home and were down 7 to 3…and what we leave the same pitcher in ..I guess they figure there going to loose so why bother…Houston had lost 6 in a row but they come to Safeco Field and what there beating us up! I guess after we win the home opener theres no reason to try anymore…What a joke!

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