ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves re-acquired outfielder Jordan Schafer on Thursday by claiming him off waivers from the Houston Astros.
Schafer, who hit 211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros last season, spent 6 years in the Braves’ organization before getting dealt to Houston in July 2011.
He was part of the trade that brought center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn to Atlanta before the 2011 trade deadline.
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Bourn, who stole 42 bases for the Braves last year, is expected to draw considerable interest from other teams as a free agent,
Atlanta is not exercising a $7 million option on third baseman Chipper Jones, who retired after Atlanta lost to St. Louis in a wild-card game.
The Braves also said catcher J.C. Boscan and pitchers Erik Cordier and Robert Fish were sent outright to the minors and that Boscan refused the assignment and elected free agency.
Bourn hit .311 in the first half of the season before slumping to .225 after the All-Star break. He struck out a career-high 155 times in 155 games.
Schafer stole a combined 22 bases for the Braves and Astros in 2011, but he was arrested the following October in Tampa, Fla., on a felony possession of marijuana. Schafer hit .211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games with Houston last year.
He won Atlanta’s starting job in center field as a 22-year-old in 2009 despite having never played above Double-A. He was suspended for the first 50 games of 2008 for a human growth hormone violation of minor league baseball’s drug policy.