It's decision time today for the Seattle Mariners organization with regard to Schenectady's Casper Wells.
Wells, 28, an outfielder with the Mariners, was designated for assignment on March 31 at the end of spring training, where he struggled at the plate.
That gave the Mariners 10 days to either trade, release, or outright Wells to the minor leagues.
According to the Seattle Times, if Wells clears waivers, he cannot elect free agency because he does not have enough service time and has not been designated for assignment before.
Wells, a former Schenectady High School and Towson State (Maryland) standout, was a member of the Detroit Tigers until he was traded to the Mariners in the Doug Fister deal in July 2011.
Later that season he had a hot bat for a stretch with the Mariners, hitting homers in four consecutive game to tie a club record. However, he was struck in the face with a pitch, which shortened his season (view story here).
A story on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website says that the Mariners are probably going to make the Wells roster move before today’s game. "The expectation has been that they’d end up trading him for some non-roster fringe prospect, but if they want a big league arm instead, the Rockies just acquired and then DFA’d Aaron Harang in a cost savings maneuver, so the M’s could potentially try to interest Colorado in some kind of Wells for Harang swap," said the report. "The Rockies don’t need another outfielder, but they could probably get more for Wells than they could for Harang, and Harang is the most available major league pitcher on the market right now."