The Twins have claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Braves, as first reported by LaVelle Neal of the Star-Tribune. Schafer will join the Twins' major league team after being designated for assignment by Atlanta after the trade deadline.
Schafer, 27, will provide depth in centerfield behind Danny Santana, who has been manning the position for most of the season. Schafer has appeared at all three positions with the Braves this season, and will replace Sam Fuld as a fourth-outfielder type behind Santana, Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham in Minnesota's outfield.
In 63 games for Atlanta this season, Schafer hit .163/.256/.213 in what amounts to the worst season of his major league career. He is a lifetime .222/.307/.304 hitter in parts of five seasons with the Braves (2009, 2011, 2013-2014) and Astros (2011-2012) and will become a free agent after the 2016 season.
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