Kevin C. Cox
The Atlanta Braves picked up Jordan Schafer on Thursday, but it doesn't mean he's replacing MIchael Bourn.
The Atlanta Braves didn't bring back center fielder Jordan Schafer with high expectations, which general manager Frank Wren made clear on Thursday after the team claimed Schafer off waivers from the Houston Astros.
Wren said they saw Schafer on the waiver wire and thought he could improve the Braves' depth in the outfield, but he's not necessarily a candidate to replace Michael Bourn, who the team could possibly lose in free agency this offseason.
Schafer is a player the Braves are familiar with, since he played for the team two seasons ago and was their Opening Day center fielder in 2009. He was claimed off waivers by the Braves after a disappointing season with the Astros that was mostly riddled with injuries and time spent on the disabled list.
Still, Schafer is viewed by the Braves as an above average player who can do most things at a high level. Schafer has a .221 career average and .305 on-base percentage with eight homers and 51 stolen bases in 238 games,