Wells, 28, was claimed by Toronto off waivers after Spring Training, but never played a game for the Jays at any level. Previously, he spent time with the Seattle Mariners after coming up with the Detroit Tigers.
In picking up Wells, the A’s crowded outfield now becomes even more crowded. But as A’s writer Susan Slusser noted, Wells can serve as a backup/fill-in type player. Particularly, with Oakland headed into a series against the Boston Red Sox and left-handed starters Jon Lester and Felix Duobront, there’s a good chance Wells might get a starting opportunity (considering his splits vs. lefties and the fact that Yoenis Cespedes is still on the DL).
Throughout his career, Wells has posted a .264/.349/.489 line against left-handed pitchers, so his value to the A’s is obviously tied into that.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Oakland placed Scott Sizemore on the 60-day DL, after he suffered another ACL tear to his knee. The team will need to make a corresponding 25-man roster move to make room for Wells once he reports to Boston.
Outfielders Josh Reddick and Chris Young are both off to rough starts thus far in 2013, so who knows — maybe Wells can sub in for a few games while they try to figure out how to get going with the bat…but knowing the A’s, Billy Beane could also have something totally unexpected in mind. Let’s see what happens.