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Blue Jays Claim Casper Wells, Designate Alex Burnett For Assignment

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Peter Gammons has tweeted that the Blue Jays have claimed Casper Wells who was designated for assignment by the Mariners on March 31st.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Toronto claim of the day is Casper Wells</p>&mdash; Peter Gammons (@pgammo) <a href="https://twitter.com/pgammo/status/322044387808907264">April 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Here's what mlbtraderumors had to say about Wells:

"Wells, 28, came the Mariners from Detroit as part of the Doug Fister trade. In 432 plate appearances for the M's, Wells hit .225/.304/.406 with 17 home runs. Wells is capable of playing all three outfield positions and has abused left-handed pitching to the tune of a .264/.349/.489 batting line."

Sounds like some outfield depth in a similar mould as Rajai Davis and possibly the end of the eight man bullpen. A roster move will have to be made for Wells to stay on the Blue Jays, especially when Brett Lawrie comes back. The way I see it, Edgar Gonzalez would be the most likely candidate to be designated for assignment.

Here's how the roster moves will shake down according to Shi Davidi:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23BlueJays">#BlueJays</a> designate RHP Alex Burnett for assignment to clear space on 40.</p>&mdash; Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/322055607815372800">April 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Casper Wells will join <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23BlueJays">#BlueJays</a> roster today's game, if played. RHP Edgar Gonzalez, likely to be bumped to make room, will be available</p>&mdash; Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/322055395071893505">April 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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UPDATE (by Minor Leaguer)

Barry Davis reported that Casper Wells will join the team in Kansas City tomorrow. Edgar Gonzalez is gonzo.

Also: play this Sporcle game.