Brewers’ Logan Schafer Should Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Francisco Rodriguez again and with a full 40-man roster someone has to go. With talented upside players all-around, Logan Schafer should be the player removed.

At one time, Schafer was viewed as a high upside top of the order hitter. After a highly impressive 2009 where he batted .308 while swiping 17 bases in the minor leagues, he was named the team’s organizational player of the year. With a steady bat, strong defensive skills and smarts on the bases he looked to have a bright future in Milwaukee.

But at the major league level, things have never blossomed. While he has remained a tremendous defensive player, he has a lifetime batting average of just .209 in the major leagues. Last year things were even worse as he batted just .181 with a .554 OPS. Having only nine career steals and showcasing little power, the 28-year-old outfielder doesn’t look to be any part of Milwaukee’s future plans.

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As it currently stands, Schafer is realistically the fifth best outfielder on the roster behind backups Gerardo Parra and Shane Peterson. With players like Tyrone Taylor, Kyle Wren and Victor Roache all starting the year at AA, there are plenty other options that will soon pass him up on the depth chart as well.

While he still can be a servicable backup, everyone that is currently on the 40-man roster has a better upside than Schafer. Instead of taking a chance by removing a player like shortstop Yadiel Rivera or a pitcher like Brooks Hall, Schafer is the guy that needs to be removed. Though he has big league experience, he is not a major league option heading into this season. It would be nice to keep his depth in AAA, but if it comes to losing a player, Schafer would be the one that they could most afford to see move on.

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