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Cubs sign Nate Schierholtz to one-year, $2.25M contract

Dec 5, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Cubs agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday night with free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

Schierholtz attracted a pretty strong market after being non-tendered in late November by the Phillies, at one point drawing interest from nine different teams — the Yankees included. But the Cubs, who need outfield insurance in case top prospect Brett Jackson isn’t quite ready to make the jump, apparently came in with the best offer.

Schierholtz hit .257/.321/.407 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 269 plate appearances this past season between San Francisco and Philadelphia. The 28-year-old is a .270/.319/.409 career hitter in MLB.

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UPDATE, 9:45 PM: Crasnick says the deal is worth $2.25 million and carries $500,000 in incentives.

  1. stlsportsfan84 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Seems like a solid contract for both. Cubs get a safe RF if the spects dont work out and he gets PT to try to get a better deal later. Decent chance he can get flipped for something after an injury and net the Cubs a spect.

    Was hoping the Cards could get him for their 4th OF, but this makes a lot more sense for him.

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      The Cardinals wouldn’t have been interested, they are chock full of left handed bats and have far better corner OF options.

  2. vallewho - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    another non-NYY signing

  3. mgflolox - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    I always liked Shierholtz when he was with the Giants, under the right circumstances, (like in Boston) I think he could have been a pretty solid major league regular, maybe even an all-star. He’s still young enough to put together a pretty good career. I’ll be rooting for him. He seems like a good guy.

  4. recoveringcubsfan - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    At this point, the Cubs should also sign John Schuerholz. They couldn’t do worse.

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