|Casper Wells claimed by Toronto|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm ET
Casper Wells Profile
As expected when they announced the move 10 days ago, the Mariners have lost Casper Wells. The 28-year-old outfielder has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays according to Peter Gammons (on Twitter).
The final outfield spot and the final spot on Seattle's 25-man roster came down to Wells and Jason Bay. Bay, an area native and former All-Star, had a better performance in the spring and showed signs of life in his bat, catching up to fastballs and recognizing offspeed pitches better than he did during his struggles with the New York Mets the past few seasons. Wells struggled meanwhile, doing most of his damage in just two games and continuing to be beat on fastballs up and breaking balls low and away.
Wells is unquestionably the superior defender of the two, despite the fact that Bay played a couple of games in center field in the desert -- his first action there since 2006. But with Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders already on the roster, the club felt comfortable bringing Bay and his higher offensive ceiling along at the cost of Wells.
Bay is already off to a strong start for Seattle, with two extra base hits and three walks contributing to an OPS north of 1.000 in his limited playing time so far. The Blue Jays will have to make a move with their 40-man roster to fit Wells -- who will be joining an already crowded outfield in Toronto -- on.