Rhett Bollinger reported yesterday that the Twins signed former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer to a minor league contract. Released by the Washington Nationals during spring training, Schafer will report to Triple-A Rochester and serve as outfield depth for the organization following the recalls of Byron Buxton and Max Kepler to the major league roster.
Schafer has spent parts of five seasons in the majors with the Brewers and has no relation to former Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer. He (Logan, that is) has accumulated just under 650 plate appearances in the majors, slashing .212/.286/.319 with five career home runs and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts. In his short time in the majors, his defense has rated as slightly below average in center, but he has been a plus defender in the corners.
Nevertheless, his bat shows that he's not much of a threat and thus he shouldn't see time with the Twins unless a rash of injuries strike or the outfielders the Twins currently have continue to underperform. I must add that it's interesting (perhaps this is just recency bias talking) to see the Twins sign so many former major leaguers this season, as David Murphy, Robbie Grossman, Nick Greenwood, and Sean Burnett have all joined the organization after Opening Day.
This is not a move that will impact the season in any way, so naturally I'm sure some Twins fans will complain about the cheap Pohlads and how they're not committed to winning.