The Atlanta Braves were forced to part with Jordan Schafer after the deal to acquire Emilio Bonifacio from the Cubs, but Schafer wasn’t out of a job for long. Sunday the Twins claimed the former Braves outfielder on waivers, reports La Velle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Schafer was hitting just .163 with 0 HR and 2 RBI before being cut loose by Atlanta. His defense his negligible but he has nice speed and, if you know anything about the Twins, you know they always have room for another light-hitting, defensively mediocre, scrappy guy who can run a little.
Schafer doesn’t exactly make up for the loss of Sam Fuld, being nowhere near as scrappy as Fuld, but I’m sure he’ll provide some entertainment as he slaps balls around the infield and occasionally steals a bag. And plays acceptable defense when he manages to get into the starting lineup.
The Twins are banking on the 27-year-old Schafer finding some kind of a groove for them but you can’t really expect much from a guy who, in five major league seasons, has just a .222 lifetime average and has never hit above .247 in a full season.
But unlike Joe Mauer, he can actually get on the field and play, so that’s something to be happy about I guess.