March 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Mariners expect Jason Bay-Casper Wells decision within the hour
We’re here with the Mariners on their final day of play in Arizona and only one roster decision remains: what to do about the fifth outfielder spot.
And now, we’ve been told the team will announce something within the hour in regards to the fifth outfield job.
This is the only roster spot left to be decided and it will come down to either Jason Bay or Casper Wells. Perosnally, I can’t believe the Mariners would keep a veteran like Bay around all this time without at least giving him a few days in Arizona to catch on with another team if they knew he was going to be released.
Nothing that Wells has done the past several weeks in spring training would be enough to narrow any gap between him and Bay, so, outside of what would amount to a cruel joke by the Mariners on a 34-year-old veteran, it’s going to be Wells on the move today. The acquisition of Endy Chavez gave the Mariners the AAA depth they’d sought in center field and an emergency backup in case Franklin Gutierrez or Michael Saunders gets hurt.
The only question that remains on Wells, for me, is whether he’s going to another team or Class AAA.