According to multiple reports, the Cubs have signed outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a one-year contract. Schierholtz is expected to in the mix in right field with David DeJesus moving to centerfield to start next season.
The contract is believed to be for a guaranteed $2.25 million and includes a $500,000 incentives package. The Cubs have not confirmed the deal and Schierholtz must pass a physical before it become official.
Once Nate Schierholtz and Kyuji Fujikawa are officially added to the roster, the Cubs 40-man roster will stand at 39 players. The 28-year old outfielder (February 15, 1984) was the second round pick of the Giants in the 2003 draft. Nate Schierholtz spent his entire professional career in San Francisco’s organization until he was traded to the Phillies in the Hunter Pence deal last July.
Schierholtz hit a combined .257/.321/.407/.728 in 114 games with the Giants and Phillies last season with eight doubles, five triples and six home runs. The left-handed hitting Schierholtz had just 269 plate appearances last season after fracturing his right big toe on August 13. Schierholtz has not had more than 335 plate appearances in a single-season in his six year career.
The Phillies non-tendered Schierholtz last week and he reportedly turned down a two-year, $5 million contract to sign with the Cubs.
In nine career games (four starts) at Wrigley Field, Schierholtz hit .389/.450/.444/.894 with one double.
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