Jordan Schafer headed back to Braves

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Jordan Schafer is heading back to Atlanta, and the outfielder couldn’t be happier about rejoining the big league organization where he started his big league career.

Schafer was reacquired by the Braves on Thursday when they claimed him off waivers from the Houston Astros.

“I’m excited to go back,” Schafer said. “It’s the first team that gave me an opportunity to play professional baseball, the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues. I still have a lot of friends over there and people I talk to, and I’ve lived there for a while.”

Schafer, who hit .211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros in an injury-plagued season, spent 6½ years in the Braves’ organization before he was dealt to Houston in July 2011.

GIANTS: The World Series champions are parting ways with Aubrey Huff, declining to exercise his $10 million club option Thursday after two disappointing seasons following a big year during the team’s title run two years ago.

A day after the Giants celebrated their second championship in three years with a lavish parade through downtown, vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans made the announcement regarding the first baseman and outfielder – though it hardly came as a surprise. Huff will receive a $2 million buyout as part of the $22 million, two-year contract he signed in November 2010.

ANGELS: Dan Haren said he would love to return to the Los Angeles Angels next season, calling his time playing for his hometown team “a dream come true.”

But in his limited contact with the Angels this fall, Haren admitted to ESPN.com that he “doesn’t believe the feeling is mutual.”

The Angels have until today to exercise their $15.5 million option on the final year of Haren’s contract. Haren said he hasn’t heard much from the Angels of late but believes “a trade is the likeliest scenario” now that his no-trade clause is invalid after the World Series ended.

BREWERS: Have outrighted outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Nashville.

Morgan hit .304 while helping Milwaukee win the NL Central in 2011, but slumped to .239 this year.

He is a .280 career hitter over six seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee.


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