Casper Wells is the most awesome person ever

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I had a pretty good Christmas. It’s all about the kids at this point in my life, but I got a couple of cool things and I’m grateful.  But — at the risk of sounding like a horrible, materialistic and greedy person — there is part of me that wishes I was Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners. Because look what he got:

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And yes, for those of you keeping score at home, that’s two posts in a row with Batman crap. Yeah, I’ll probably keep that up all day today.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.