12/5 Cubs to sign Schierholtz
The Cubs have reportedly filled an outfield spot on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year contract. The Cubs would not confirm the deal, but reports are that Schierholtz, 28, will receive $2.25 million. He must first pass a physical.
The Cubs came into the meetings looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who can play center or right. In six seasons with the Giants and Phillies, he has a .270 batting average, 24 home runs, 75 doubles and 123 RBIs. He has primarily played right field, and the addition would move David DeJesus to center.
Schierholtz batted .257 for the Giants and Phillies with six home runs in 114 games. He began last season with San Francisco, and was dealt to Philadelphia on July 31 along with two Minor League players for Hunter Pence. He made a good impression in his Phillies debut, hitting a home run against the Nationals. His playing time was limited when he fractured his right big toe on Aug. 13.
In his career, he has limited at-bats at Wrigley Field, playing in nine games, and going 7-for-18.
– Carrie Muskat