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Wells eager to get a chance with White Sox

Wells eager to get a chance with White Sox

ARLINGTON -- Casper Wells has played for more of the American League than he certainly would have liked during the first month of the 2013 season.

His April journey started with the Mariners, until he was claimed off waivers by Toronto on April 10. The right-handed-hitting outfielder was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on April 15 and traded to the A's on April 22 in return for cash considerations.

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But in moving to the White Sox via a Monday night trade for cash considerations, after the A's designated him for assignment on April 28, Wells hopes he has reached a final 2013 destination.

"I'm excited to be here with this organization and the city of Chicago," said Wells, who struck out as pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and played left in the ninth of Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Rangers. "I just kind of had a different feeling about being here as opposed to the other clubs that I've been with, like a different sense. I'm excited to get going and playing.

"Sometimes you just get feelings. I've always loved the city of Chicago and felt like I'd love to play here. In the back of my head, like a feeling I just wanted to be in Chicago and coincidentally the White Sox picked me up."

During his April periods of inactivity, Wells has stayed sharp by hitting in Seattle and Arizona. He admits that none of that work prepares a hitter for live pitching.

The White Sox were considered far too right-handed heavy on their roster when the season started, but as the injuries piled up, more left-handed hitters were added. Wells, 28, comes in with a career .261 average, .345 on-base percentage and .482 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers, including a .267 average with seven homers and 20 RBIs with the Mariners in 2012.

There's also the little matter of changing his feelings toward the White Sox, a team that wasn't exactly his favorite when Wells was knocking out eight of his 25 career homers with the Tigers from 2010-11. Wells doesn't seem worried about the change.

"That'll be interesting. I definitely wasn't a big fan of the White Sox when I was on the Tigers," Wells said. "I guess anyone in my division you're not a big fan of. My time [in Detroit] was great, but you have to move forward and on to the next phase and I'm excited to get the next phase of my career started here."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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