Slater was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.

Slater had been in contention for a bench outfield spot but won't get to fill that role at the start of the season. The 26-year-old has so far failed to impress in 108 career big-league games, hitting .263/.335/.342, but his .319/.391/.513 line at the Triple-A level suggests that he has little left to prove in the minors.

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