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:
I'm guessing the Sox are making room for a pitcher by optioning Tekotte. With Santiago in the rotation and Veal shaky, my WAG: David Purcey.— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) April 28, 2013
Either that, or it's the White Sox's turn to claim Casper Wells.— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) April 28, 2013
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 all the more acute. comparisons
Wells has received just about a full season's worth of plate appearances over his career, and this is what it looks like:
(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.