Caught up with Casper Wells in the visiting clubhouse today. He’s not in the Chicago White Sox lineup and hasn’t been very often since that team picked him up for cash considerations back on April 29.
In fact, Wells has started only four games in five weeks for the Chisox, including last Sunday when he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. There have been rumblings in baseball that changes might be made to the rules that give teams 10 days to make a move after designating a player for assignment and Wells is being cited as the prime example for why such alterations are needed.
He has been DFA three times since spring training, first by the Mariners, who went with Jason Bay to start the season. Then, Wells was claimed off waivers by Toronto on April 10 after the maximum DFA waiting period had expired. The Blue Jays kept Wells for five days before also designating him and then trading him to Oakland a week later — again, for cash.
Oakland kept him around for three games — he went 0-for-5 — then designated him as well on April 28. Fortunately for Wells, he was picked up by the White Sox just 24 hours later.
But between the Seattle DFA and Oakland getting him, Wells essentially went about four weeks without playing. He’s still working the rust off in many ways, trying to stay as sharp as he can in the batting cages despite having just 27 at-bats all year.
“I do everything I can in BP,” he said. “I mean, it’s tough not facing live pitching all the time. But it is what it is. You’ve got to have the mindset that you’re a starter every day and e ready just in case they need you. It’s like when I was here in Seattle, I wasn’t starting all the time and then they traded for me and I was playing every day all of a sudden. You just have to be ready.”More