Casper Wells is on the move again. The Blue Jays have traded the outfielder to the Athletics for cash considerations, the team announced. Toronto claimed him off waivers from the Mariners two weeks ago, and the A's are his third team in the last three weeks or so.
Wells, 28, has yet to play a game this season because he's been stuck in transaction limbo. Seattle designated him for assignment before opening day, then he hooked on with the Blue Jays 10 days later. After just a few days on their active roster, he was again designated for assignment. The Athletics say he will be added to their 25-man active roster once he reports to the team.
A right-handed-hitting outfielder, Wells does his best work as a platoon player against left-handed starters. He's a career .264/.349/.489 hitter against southpaws, and the various defensive stats say he's an average to slighty above-average defender in all three outfield spots. He's a useful player when used correctly, but he is no superstar. Athletics manager Bob Melvin used platoons heavily last season as he led his team to the division title.
The A's already have an abundance of outfielders, including starters Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick. Chris Young is the overqualified fourth outfielder, plus both DH Seth Smith and first baseman Brandon Moss can play left in a pinch. Michael Taylor is currently on the roster filling in for Cespedes, who is on the DL with a hand problem. Wells figures to take Taylor's spot for the time being.