A couple of days ago, I read through a piece in which its' brunt was centered around the removal of Jordan Schafer from the team. However, if that is to be pushed forth, if at all, it would greatly conflict with my overall perception of this team and the individual roles within it. Schafer is a significant distance from being considered an offensive threat this season with the club, but would his departure really improve the capabilities of the team?
Schafer's most pertinent playing time came last year because of injuries and struggles experienced by his fellow outfield. At first he did not disappoint; showing everyone why he deserved to get a second chance at this level with the Braves. As the season drew to a close, his numbers regressed, touting a yearly .247/.331/.346 triple slash line. Regardless of the regression, he drew a modest number of walks. So what's the problem?
The problem arises when the Braves 75 million dollar man has recently begun to "produce", and I use that word very lightly. Whether it's the spectacles or a forthright change in his approach at the plate; BJ Upton has undoubtedly lessened the stressors in and outside of the clubhouse relating to his inherent worth. Will he be able to have a productive season? I wouldn't doubt he has a better career left than does Uggla. However, anyone who is satisfied with this most recent turnaround from Bj's old ways; why don't you take a look at the sunk cost the Braves are incurring by having a recently improving, yet still mediocre, center fielder.
In conclusion, I do not think it's prudent to get rid of Schafer, give him starts and he will improve that small sample sized triple slash line. Also, I don't have one-hundred percent faith in Heyward playing 150+ games this year. Aside from the fact they were, arguably, freak-injuries last year; everything happens for a reason. As hard as Heyward plays on defense, something surely could happen to his body. Therefore, cutting ties with Schafer is far from what should be on the agenda first.