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Third baseman Richie Shaffer joins the Phillies roster from the Seattle Mariners.

The Phillies found another option for a utility role or insurance to stash at the Triple-A level. Richie Shaffer was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Looking to reshape their roster with young players who can fill holes for them, the Phillies grabbed infielder Richie Shaffer off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. 

Over the past two seasons, Shaffer has played in 51 major league games with the Tampa Bay Rays, playing both third base and first base. Shaffer was traded to Seattle from the Rays in November before being placed on waivers by the Mariners.

With Tampa Bay, Shaffer hit .250 in 20 games last season and is a .213 hitter over his two seasons with the Rays.

Defensively, Shaffer has primarily played first and third base, but has also played in both right and left field on occasion.

Shaffer was a highly regarded pick when the Rays selected him in the first round of the 2012 Draft, with the 25th overall pick. In five minor league seasons, Shaffer has played in 501 games, with a line of 71-283-.246/.333/.437. In his time at Triple-A Durham over the past two seasons, Shaffer has hit 30 home runs and driven in 93 in 188 games, while hitting .243 with the Bulls.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Shaffer, the Phillies released pitcher Phil Klein, so he can pursue opportunities to pitch in Asia this season.


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