Could the Mets make a trade with Seattle for Casper Wells?

Posted: January 29, 2013 in Hot Stove, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

In an insider piece for ESPN Paul Swydan speculates on five players who have been overlooked by their current teams and could get moved during spring training. In the article which again is insider only, Swydan speculates that the Mets could make a play in the spring for Seattle outfielder Casper Wells. Wells, 28, has some power but has struggled to find consistent playing time in Seattle after being traded from Detroit in a package for Doug Fister.

Casper Wells' problems in the major leagues have never been about his defense

Casper Wells’ problems in the major leagues have never been about his defense

It is an idea to think about as Wells has 25 homeruns in 656 plate appearances in the major leagues. Wells hit .267 with a .364 on base percentage vs. lefties last season. Plus at this point the Mets must consider anyone who plays the outfield and hits right-handed. Wells has always been solid defensively but like most Met outfielders these days, he leaves a lot to be desired with his bat. Wells isn’t arbitration eligible until after the 2014 season and won’t be a free agent until after the 2017 season so he will make close to the league minimum next season. If Wells was on the Mets 40-man roster right now he would definitely make the team and probably have a significant role in their outfield.

Wells hit .228 in 285 at-bats last year for the Mariners in 2012 and seems to no longer be in their long-term plans as an everyday player. This is something the Mets may want to consider in the spring if no in-house candidate shows that they deserve an everyday outfield job.

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