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Blue Jays Claim Casper Wells, LaFromboise Up

The Blue Jays have claimed Casper Wells off waivers, ending his time in the Mariners organization. They've also moved Bobby LaFromboise up to the big league club and sent Lucas Luetge down to AAA.

Otto Greule Jr

Farewell, friendly ghost. Sorry about that terrible nickname that will follow you wherever you go. Did you know that Casper the Friendly Ghost's last name is McFadden? Now you do. Maybe Canadians don't know about old ghost cartoons. They probably do.

Casper Wells has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays, so that's that. The Mariners had to make a decision on Wells today, and apparently Toronto made it for them. Toronto's outfield is full of Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, and Melky Cabrera, with Rajai Davis being the primary backup. I'm guessing the team is losing patience with Colby Rasmus facing lefties (.554 OPS in 2012, .628 career) and will give Wells spot starts against LH pitching.

Most knew Casper Wells was too useful of a player to pass through waivers, but that didn't stop me from wishing it would happen. Wells moves on to his third big league club, and all that remains of the Doug Fister trade is Charlie Furbush, a reliever trying to reboot his career as a starter, and a minor league infielder that is now an outfielder and continues to get worse at the plate.

Wells remains under Toronto club control for 4 seasons, including 2013. The Mariners let him go for one year of Jason Bay and one year of Raul Ibanez.

The Mariners get nothing.

In other news, it looks like the Mariners will shuttle Bobby LaFromboise up from AAA to take Lucas Luetge's spot after the disaster last night. As a 2012 Rule-5 pick, Luetge had to spend all of last season on the 25-man roster, but now regains options in 2013 and can be moved to AAA freely. LaFromboise has not allowed a run in 2 appearances and has 4 strikeouts in 2.2 innings at AAA.