Mariners choose Jason Bay over Casper Wells

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The Mariners designated Casper Wells for assignment, which means Jason Bay has made the club, according to Larry Stone on Twitter.

Bay finished the spring with a .938 OPS while Wells was less impressive at .646. Stone also notes that if Wells clears waivers, he cannot elect free agency because of his lack of service time. The Phillies were recently reported to have interest in Wells, so they may be one team to place a claim.

As for Bay, it good to see him earn a spot on the team as the outfielder failed to live up to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets in part due to dealing with the aftermath of a concussion.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.