Casper Wells’ crazy season: Five teams, .128 batting average, and now vision problems

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Casper Wells has played for approximately 100 teams this season, getting passed around on waivers like some sort of outfielder version of an all-time quarterback, and now that he finally had a chance to stick in one place for the Phillies he’s headed to the disabled list.

Wells, who went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts at the plate Saturday and also took the loss as a pitcher when he allowed five runs in an emergency situation, has been shut down with what the Phillies are calling “vision problems.”

Wells has shown the ability to be a solid part-time player in the past, but this season he’s hit .128 in 52 games while spending time in five different organizations, striking out in 31 of 101 plate appearances.

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”