Blue Jays claim Casper Wells off waivers from Mariners

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Casper Wells is heading to Toronto. (USATSI)

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The Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Casper Wells off waivers from the Mariners, both teams announced. Right-hander Alex Burnett has been designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.

Wells, 28, was removed from Seattle's roster before opening day to clear a roster spot for Jason Bay. He's hit .246/.317/.435 overall in parts of three big-league seasons, but the right-handed hitter has been especially adept against southpaws: .264/.349/.489.

Toronto opened the season with a 13-man pitching staff and a three-man bench, so adding Wells will give the Blue Jays a little more balance. The various defensive metrics rate him as a solid defender in all three outfield spots, which should free up Emilio Bonifacio to focus on the infield.

Burnett, 25, has gone 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 170 relief innings in parts of three MLB seasons, all with the Twins. He opened the season in Triple-A after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota late last month.

The Blue Jays have been active on the waiver wire the last few months, making 10 claims since Jan. 1. Earlier this week, they snagged infielder Mauro Gomez from the division rival Red Sox. Seattle originally acquired Wells from the Tigers as part of the Doug Fister trade.

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