Tigers bring Wells back on Minor League deal

Tigers bring Wells back on Minor League deal

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Casper Wells is back where he started. The outfielder agreed to terms with the Tigers on Friday on a Minor League contract that brings him back to the organization that drafted him a decade ago.

The 30-year-old outfielder will report to Tigers Minor League camp on March 15. With a crowded outfield at Triple-A Toledo, he could end up filling an outfield void in the system at Double-A Erie.

Wells rose through the Tigers' farm system as a strong-hitting outfielder with defensive skills, making his Major League debut in 2010. He made Detroit's Opening Day roster the next season as a defensive replacement and batting option against left-handed pitchers, then went to Seattle on July 30, 2011, in the Doug Fister trade.

The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers in April 2013, which started him on a whirlwind stretch that saw the A's and White Sox purchase his contract in the same month before the Phillies claimed him off waivers that summer. He split last season between the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa and Bridgeport of the Atlantic League.

Wells is the second player from the Fister trade to return to the Tigers' system. Detroit re-acquired former third-base prospect Francisco Martinez from the Mariners in the summer of 2013.

Jason Beck has been MLB.com's Tigers beat reporter since 2002. He covered 119 losses in 2003 and an AL pennant in 2006.

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