The Oakland Athletics optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for newly acquired outfielder Casper Wells. The A's picked up Wells from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations on Monday.
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Taylor was recalled on April 13 when Yoenis Cespedes went on the disabled list and started just one game for the A's. He appeared in two games as a pinch-hitter and remained in those games on defense. He went 0-for-6 after being called up.
Taylor was batting .410 with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in nine games with the River Cats this season. He was hot in Triple-A, but didn't get regular at-bats with the big league club.
Taylor has been up and down with the A's in the previous two seasons. He is a career .158 hitter in 20 games with the A's. He is a .296 hitter in 663 career minor league games.
Once a top prospect, Taylor, 27, has proven he can succeed in the minor leagues. He needs an extended look at the big league level to see if he has what it takes to succeed there as well. He has never had more than 35 plate appearances in a single season with the A's. Playing time and a chance to get comfortable in the Major leagues could benefit him greatly, but the A's have a lot of outfield depth.
Wells, 28, has played 224 games in the majors. He is a good defender and has a little power. With Cespedes nearing a return from his DL stint, it is unclear how long Wells will have a spot on the roster.