The end of one opportunity spells the beginning to another.
The Cleveland Indians have claimed 1B/3B Richie Shaffer off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday early afternoon. To compensate for Shaffer's spot on the 40-man roster, the Tribe designated 1B Jesus Aguilar for assignment.
At 25-years-old, Shaffer still has plenty of room to thrive after spending five years in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. The Clemson University product was the 25th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and batted .250/.315/.438 with six doubles, one home run and a .753 OPS in 20 major league games this past season.
Shaffer was the Rays' 2015 Minor League Player of the Year by notching 27 doubles and 26 home runs at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He has 71 lifetime home runs in 501 minor league games with 51 MLB games played between 2015-16. He has made 21 appearances at first base, 12 at third base and five in the outfield.
Between Erik Gonzalez, Yandy Diaz and Michael Martinez, Shaffer has his work cut out for him as part of the utility man competition this spring.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.