Blue Jays hope Wells can be tough on lefties

KANSAS CITY -- Blue Jays newcomer Casper Wells joined the club in time for Thursday evening's team dinner. With all the introductions out of the way, the 28-year-old outfielder reported to the ballpark on Friday feeling comfortable and confident.

The Blue Jays claimed Wells after he was released by Seattle and feel that Wells can make a contribution, primarily against left-handed pitching.

"It's a great ballclub and I know my family is happy," Wells said. "I'm from upstate New York, so they will be able to see a lot of games."

Wells owned a .237 career average in 194 at-bats entering Friday's series opener against Kansas City. He has played parts of the last five seasons for the Tigers and Mariners.

"He has always had success hitting left-handed pitching," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He can play all three outfield positions and is a good baserunner. He's just a good baseball player."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.