White Sox latest team to acquire Casper Wells

Casper Wells, four teams ago just last month. - Christian Petersen

Well-traveled right-handed outfielder picked up from Oakland for cash considerations

With Dayan Viciedo on the disabled list, four out of the five outfielders on the 25-man roster were left-handed, posing a bit of a problem against the likes of Matt Moore and David Price.

The Sox removed one of the lefties by optioning Blake Tekotte to Triple-A, and they replaced him with a righty from the outside, acquiring Casper Wells from Oakland for cash considerations in a move announced by the team tonight.

I'm not going to say I called it, but:

The latter tweet stood a puncher's chance of being correct, because in a previous tweet, I called Wells "Baseball's 26th Man." The White Sox are his fourth organization this month. A brief timeline:

  • March 31: Mariners designate him for assignment.
  • April 10: Blue Jays claim Wells from Seattle.
  • April 15: Blue Jays designate Wells for assignment.
  • April 22: Blue Jays trade Wells to Oakland for cash considerations.
  • April 28: Athletics designate Wells for assignment.
  • April 29: White Sox acquire Wells from Oakland for cash considerations.

As a result, the Schenectady High School alum (what's up, Capital Region?) has only played in three games this year, receiving all of five plate appearances from Oakland. He's 0-for-5.

The White Sox created a spot on the 40-man roster by moving Leyson Septimo to the 60-day DL, making those Tony Pena comparisons all the more acute.

Wells has received just about a full season's worth of plate appearances over his career, and this is what it looks like:

Year G PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS+
2010 36 99 30 6 1 4 17 6 19 .323 .364 .538 141
2011 95 241 51 11 0 11 27 18 71 .237 .317 .442 110
2012 93 316 65 12 3 10 36 26 80 .228 .302 .396 99
2013 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 -100
4 Yrs 227 661 146 29 4 25 80 50 171 .244 .314 .431 108

(2012 was with Seattle, and you can see how Safeco Field played like Death Valley for hitters. A .698 OPS is nearly average when adjusting for park factors.)

More pertinent to this moment, Wells owns a career line of .261/.345/.482 against lefties. His defense is considered an asset in the corners, and he can "chip in at center field without constituting a war crime," according to Lookout Landing.

I'll have more about his recent history tomorrow.

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