Schafer signed a minor league contract with Minnesota and he'll play for Triple-A Rochester. The Twins needed depth at Triple-A with Byron Buxton and Max Kepler recently recalled to the majors. Schafter may spend most of the season as depth at Triple-A.
Schafer was granted his unconditional release from the Nationals on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports. The 29-year-old outfielder was signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training this offseason, but after being reassigned to minor league camp earlier in the week, Schafer has elected free agency. He could latch on with a team looking to add outfield depth, but at this point his chances of earning a spot on an Opening Day roster appear to be slim. Schafer batted .200 with six strikeouts over 20 at-bats with the Nationals this spring.
Schafer was reassigned to minor league camp Monday. Schafer does have some major league experience, but it was still a long shot for him to make the roster with plenty of other higher-upside options available. He'll likely slot in with Triple-A Syracuse for the bulk of the regular season.
Schafer signed a minor league deal with the Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Schafer appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee last season, recording a .221/.299/.311 slash line to go along with one home in 122 at-bats (he has hit just five homers in his major league career). The 29-year-old has never been known for his offensive, but he can play every outfield spot, making him a potentially useful bench player for Washington in 2016.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was a late scratch Wednesday with lower-back tightness. Back tightness ailed him in July, but it has been a while since back issues kept him out of action. Logan Schafer was a last-minute add to the lineup to play center field with Domingo Santana shifting over to his natural position in right field.
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