Twins waiver-claim Jordan Schafer (Braves) looks like a 4th outfielder
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The Twins on Sunday claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, the team announced.
The Twins said Schafer will join the team and be in uniform Tuesday, when the team hosts the Padres. To make room for Schafer on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned Logan Darnell to Triple-A Rochester. There already was one available spot on the 40-man roster for Schafer.
After trading Sam Fuld to the Oakland A's for Tommy Milone, the Twins were a little short on outfield options.
Schafer is nothing to get excited about if you're a Twins fan, though. The Braves designated him for assignment on Friday. The 27-year-old has speed and is seen as a good fielder. But in 1,251 Major League plate appearances, he's hit .222/.307/.304, which is a really poor hitting line, considering the Major League average for outfielders this season is .259/.323/.402.
He has two years of team control remaining via arbitration, after agreeing to a one-year, $1.09 million deal in his first year of arbitration with the Braves, according to Baseball Prospectus.
Aaron Hicks, meanwhile, is hitting well since he was demoted to Double-A New Britain. After struggling mightily in the Majors, Hicks is batting .297/.404/.466 in 43 games with the Rock Cats. He has 28 walks and 27 strikeouts in 148 at-bats.
The rest of the Twins' season should be about building for the future, so it would make sense for Minnesota to deal a player like Josh Willingham and give as many plate appearances and defensive innings as possible to younger players.