So You Want to be a Baseball Player, huh?

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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A month ago, most baseball fans outside of Seattle did not even know who Casper Wells was. The former Detroit Tiger was a part of the 2011 Doug Fister deal that sent the All-Star right-hander to Detroit in exhange for Wells, Chance Ruffin, Francisco Martinez, and Charlie Furbush. Since then, Wells has hit .225-17-51 in 124 G with Seattle. But, the intrigue behind this tale does not lie in the numbers. Instead, it is the cruel reality that ballplayers have to live with; the constantly changing lifestyle that is being a professional baseball player. 

Unfortunately, teams can only hold 40 players on their restricted roster list. In order for a player to be placed on said team’s 25-man active roster, they must first be on the 40-man roster. In order to remove a player from that roster to put a new player on, the former must be placed on waivers, allowing any team to acquire him. 

For Wells, spring training was the kick off to a whirlwind tour of towns. This trek emanated from Seattle, where he played in 2011 and 2012. However, the Mariners’ acquisitions of Raul Ibanez, Michael Morse, and Jason Bay left no room on the 40-man roster for Wells. At the conclusion of the spring, Wells was designated for assignment. Ten days later, the Toronto Blue Jays were awarded a waiver claim on Wells, and the 28-year old became property of the only MLB team north of the border.

However, the rollercoaster ride did not end there. Twelve days later (and without ever playing in a game with the Blue Jays), Wells was traded to Oakland for cash consideration (in other words, he was sold to the Athletics for a bucket of balls and a pack of Big League Chew). Wells played three games in one week with Oakland, going 0-5 with a strikeout as a replacement for the injured Yoenis Cespedes. 

With Cespedes returning to Oakland last night, Wells was once again designated for assignment. Last night, work got out that the Chicago White Sox have acquired Wells from Oakland for “cash consideration.” They placed left-hander Leyson Septimo on the 60-day DL to make room on their 40-man roster.

In one month, Wells has gone from Seattle, to Toronto, to Oakland, and now to the south side of Chicago. No wonder he was 0-5 with Oakland. Imagine the jet-lag. Regardless, one thing is for sure. If Casper Wells has frequent flyer miles, his family will be enjoying plenty of free trips this winter when, hopefully, the Towson University alumnus finally finds a home. 



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