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Cubs sign outfielder Casper Wells to minor league contract

Nov 23, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Cubs have signed outfielder Casper Wells to a minor league contract. He’ll presumably receive an invite to spring training.

Wells made more news this year for bouncing around from team-to-team and making relief appearances in blowout games than anything else. The 29-year-old batted .155/.211/.169 with one double and one RBI over 76 plate appearances between the Athletics, White Sox, and Phillies. He didn’t play after August 25 due to vision issues and was removed from Philadelphia’s 40-man roster after the season.

Wells is a strong defender and owns a .778 OPS against left-handers during his career, so he could be a useful platoon player if utilized correctly. There should be opportunity in the Cubs’ outfield next year.

  1. aphillieated - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    bahahahaahhaaha omg this guy wouldn’t even hit water if he fell out of a boat. This guy had the worst game by any player in MLB history. He went 0-for-7 with 4 K’s and he end up pitching 1.2 IP and giving up 5 runs and he also hot the L lol omg

  2. bigguy54 - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Jack Z thought the same thing, if he is going to help the Cubs they are in trouble.

  3. Marc - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Casper Wells made the single greatest catch I’ve ever seen in person, at any level, in a AAA game at Toledo in 2010. Guy can really go get it out there. If he can just find a way to hit a little bit he’ll be of value.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      I remember watching him with the Whitecaps in Michigan. He was a pretty high prospect for the Tigers at one time for sure. I hope things end up working out for him.
      http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  4. chicagocane - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    this is a last roster spot for a rebuilding team…so it doesn’t matter. Any possible upside is worth checking out.

  5. greymares - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    the leaders change but things remain the same. this looks like a CUBS signing to me.

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