According to our Pat Gallen, the Phillies have claimed outfielder Casper Wells from the Chicago White Sox. Wells, 28, joins his fifth team in 2013, sporting a .236/.305/.407 career line, hitting .249/.330/.450 against southpaws. According to Gallen, Wells will join the team tomorrow in DC. He figures to take Michael Martinez’s spot on the 25-man roster.
According to FanGraphs, Wells has been a plus-defensive outfielder, posting a career 15.9 UZR/150 in 1547.1 innings in the outfield. Wells has primarily played right field in his career but has seen time in both left and center as well. A 14th-round pick in 2005 out of Towson, Wells broke out in 2008 with 27 homers for the Tigers’ Single A and Double A affiliates.
Analysis: Wells’ power keeps getting him chances in the majors. He’s hit .155/.211/.169 this season and .236/.305/.407 for his career, but had 21 homers in 557 plate appearances in 2011 and 2012. His addition could mean that it is only a matter of time before the Delmon Young experiment is over. Despite his paltry triple-slash, Wells has averaged 1.3 wins a year previous to 2013. Wells is definitely worth a waiver flier for a team like the Phillies who have only three “true” outfielders on their active roster.