Casper Wells claimed by Blue Jays
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.