The Chicago White Sox were off Monday, but they still managed to make some news. With two of their right-handed bats on the DL in Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo, the White Sox were in need of another right-handed hitter to come of their bench.
Chicago filled this need late Monday night by acquiring outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
Wells, who’s now with his fourth team just in this month, has a career triple-slash line of .244/.314/.431 that isn’t exactly eye popping; but with only 227 games played in MLB, the 28-year-old outfielder still hasn’t been given a real opportunity to prove himself.
Although Wells will most likely take a permanent seat on the bench or be traded again once Viciedo returns from the DL, I think he’ll fit in nicely for Chicago for now.
Currently, the Sox are using both DeWayne Wise and Jordan Danks to fill in for Viciedo. Both Wise and Danks hit from the left side of the plate and are a combined 0-for-9 against lefties this year.
With the ability to play all three positions in the outfield, it seems as if the Sox may use Wells as their third outfielder when facing a tough left-hander. With the second-worst team in batting average in MLB, any offense Wells can bring to the South Siders will be a plus.
The first month of the season for Wells has been a bit crazy and exhausting I’m sure. The fact that three teams have already given up on Wells in just a month can’t be easy on him. That being said, as long as Wells plays above-average defense and gets a few hits here and there for the Sox, he may finally be able to stay on a team for more than a few weeks.