This first part comes as no surprise, given that all signs indicated last week that Jason Bay had secured his spot on the Mariners’ major league to start the 2013 season. That decision had to be finalized by noon PT today and it was indeed by the Mariners, capping a fantastic comeback story of sorts for Bay, 34, who beats out Casper Wells for the fifth and final outfield spot coming off three terrible seasons with the New York Mets that caused that team to release the veteran from his contract a year early.

That’s about it for Wells, since he was designated for assignment, meaning the team now has 10 days to trade him, release him or outright him to Class AAA. He would have to clear waivers to be outrighted. Pitcher D.J. Mitchell was added to the roster in his place and was optioned to AAA.

What are my views on it? Well, it’s too bad, since Wells is a versatile player who is relatively cheap and will be for some years to come. If he ever morphs into a full-time player, the Mariners could truly come to regret this move (I’m assuming he does not pass through waivers and will no longer be with the organization in 10 days). But the fact is, Wells is 28. He’s no longer a young prospect. He is not a full-time player and just got beat out, rather handily, for a roster spot by a guy who many assumed was on the fnal legs of his career.

If the Mariners are to ever transition from a perpetually rebuilding squad to one that hopes to win something, it will have to start making tough calls on guys like Wells. It will have to start going with better players. Bay was the better player this spring and the intangibles he brings helped contribute to a better overall, more positive and more confident clubhouse vibe.