The unending craze of the MLB off-season had no intention of coming to a halt on Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after reports surfaced about the signing of LHP Boone Logan, the Cleveland Indians announced news pertaining to two players they had recently designated for assignment.
Richie Shaffer cleared waivers and will be joining the Tribe as a non-roster invitee this spring. Jesus Aguilar was claimed by the Brewers and could very well claim the starting first base position in Milwaukee with Chris Carter considering a professional career in Japan. Aside from 1B Eric Thames, there are few first base blockades to Aguilar's next MLB opportunity.
At the age of 25, Shaffer presents the Indians with another utility option thanks to his experience at the first base, third base, right field and left field positions. Shaffer has yet to receive a substantial workload at the major league level over the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (.213/.310/.410).
If Michael Brantley were to miss further time to heal his devastating 2016 injury (torn right labrum), then Shaffer could be the beneficiary and earn a spot on the big league roster. The Clemson University standout was drafted 25th overall in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and was named the Rays' Minor League Player of the Year in 2015.
Shaffer clubbed 45 minor league home runs between 2015 (19 HR) and 2016 (26 HR).
All positional players report to Goodyear, AZ on Feb. 16 for spring training.
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.