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Casper Wells on the move again

Casper Wells on the move again

From Seattle to Toronto to Oakland to Chicago (White Sox). That's the journey that Schenectady's Cas

From Seattle to Toronto to Oakland to Chicago (White Sox). That's the journey that Schenectady's Casper Wells has taken in the past month as he has changed uniform three times.

On Monday, the White Sox acquired him from the Athletics for cash considerations.

Wells' journey began when the Blue Jays claimed him off waivers from the Mariners after he lost out to Jason Bay for a roster spot during spring training.

The Athletics then acquired him from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, and now he will compete for playing time with Chicago.

Wells, 28, a former Schenectady High School standout, went 0-for-5 in three games with the Athletics. He has a career .244 batting average.

The A's were short outfielders when they acquired Wells. Yoenis Cespedes was on the disabled list. But once Cespedes was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, to get him back on the active roster, Wells was designated for assignment. That gave Oakland 10 days to trade him, release him or, if he'd cleared waivers, send him to the minors.

On Sunday, Wells talked about being willing to stay in the Oakland organization in the minor leagues if that's the way things played out, but he also said it was his goal to be in the big leagues.

"I know I can play [in the majors],'' he told the San Jose Mercury News.

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