This is turning into another bizarre experience, but after declaring they wanted to make some type of announcement on the Casper Wells/Jason Bay roster decision, the Mariners have now put it off.
“We don’t have to have the roster set until Sunday,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told reporters moments ago.
And that’s what he plans to do. But Zduriencik also said something that all but confirms it will be Bay headed north with the team.
And that is, Bay will be the one traveling with the club to Salt Lake City for their final exhibition game. Wells will be staying behind in Arizona to play in some minor league contests.
Zduriencik wouldn’t say it, but since Bay is the one who will be on the Opening Day roster, it makes sense to have him with the club so he can fly to Oakland after Saturday’s game.
Wells will either be traded or headed to the minors with Seattle, or claimed by somebody else. No sense having him with the big club for that.
Just for fun, I asked Zduriencik why Wells is staying behind and not accompanying the team.
“To get his ABs,” Zduriencik said. “I mean, you’re going to go run up there (to Salt Lake City) and in the last few days, he hasn’t played quite all that much, so our decision was hey, keep him here, let him play. He can certainly get at least three games in…four or five at-bats per game. So, it works good for him.”
True, but if the team had plans to keep Wells beyond Sunday, it could easily get him at-bats today and then on Saturday and leave Bay here. That one extra game and three extra at-bats isn’t going to make or break any roster decisions.
So, they’re either still trying to trade him, or hoping he clears waivers once he’s put on them. It takes 72 hours to clear waivers, so the team could put him through today and still have an answer before Sunday’s roster deadline.