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Mariners rumors: Jason Bay, Casper Wells

Who will win the final bench spot with the M's; Jason Bay or Casper Wells?

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge recently confirmed that the team's roster is currently set, other than the ongoing battle for the position of fifth outfielder, which will come down to Jason Bay and Casper Wells. While there would appear to be a decision pending in this case, Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times gets the feeling that its already been decided in Bay's favor.

Baker believes the M's have placed Wells on waivers "and are just waiting to find out whether or not he's cleared." If he does clear, he'd be eligible to be sent to the minors. He could also be claimed and lost to another team.

Wells' future with Seattle got hazier when they recently signed free agent Endy Chavez. Though Chavez will start the season in Triple-A, he does provide the Mariners with a replacement center fielder and fourth outfielder option. This lessens the value of Wells, and means Seattle can move forward with Bay -- who doesn't provide the ability to man all three outfield positions -- on their roster.

Wells hit .228/.302/.396 over 316 plate appearances last season for Seattle, and the 28-year-old owns a career batting line of .246/.317/.435. Bay sports a superior track record, but has struggled mightily in recent years with the New York Mets.

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