Athletics activate Yoenis Cespedes; DFA Casper Wells

Otto Greule Jr

It's back to waiver limbo for Wells as Oakland's star outfielder returns to the lineup.

The Oakland Athletics designated outfielder Casper Wells for assignment before Sunday's game to free a roster spot so that Yoenis Cespedes could be reinstated from the disabled list, the team announced.

Wells, 28, has now been DFA-ed three times this month. The outfielder started the year with the Mariners, was claimed by the Blue Jays, then purchased by the A's early last week. Wells made just one start for Oakland and pinch-hit on two other occasions.

Because Wells has spent so much of the early season in waiver-wive limbo, his three appearances with the A's are the only playing time he's gotten at any level since the final day of Spring Training.

Wells' current nomadic state might lead one to believe that he does not have much to offer a big-league club, but in reality he's been a rather productive fourth outfielder over the last three years. Despite playing in about half the year's games, the outfielder's solid defensive numbers and mediocre bat -- .244/.314/.431 in 661 PAs -- have led to an average of 1.5 WAR per season.

There's no doubt that Wells will be picked up off of waivers yet again in the next week, there's just no telling if that's where he'll stick.

Cespedes, who had been out with a strained left hand, wasted no time in making an impact upon his return to the lineup. The Cuban slugger mashed a game-tying home run in the ninth Sunday evening in the club's extra-innings win over the Orioles.

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