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Cubs designate Nate Schierholtz for assignment

Aug 6, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

Nate Schierholtz AP

Last season around this time the Cubs decided not to trade Nate Schierholtz in the middle of a career-year. Today they designated him for assignment, dropping him from the roster after the 30-year-old outfielder hit just .192 with six homers and a .541 OPS in 99 games.

Schierholtz was always a strong bet to decline after smacking a career-high 21 homers last season, but from 2010-2012 he’d posted a decent .725 OPS.

He’s stretched as a regular, but Schierholtz has generally been solid when used as a platoon starter against right-handed pitching. He was eligible for free agency after this season anyway, so the Cubs are merely parting ways a couple months early.

  1. senioreditor2 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The Cubs had offers at the deadline last year and didn’t pull the trigger…………….

    • 78mu - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Theo figured Schierholtz was the key to winning the first WS since 1908. He was too smart to trade the linchpin of his team.

  2. fraser412 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Dude is only hitting .192! I wish he were hitting .240

  3. edelmanfanclub - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Will never forget him. Hit a two run homerun at my first Fenway game this year. Sox lost 2-0 on a great pitched game by Peavy. Arrietta almost threw a no hitter too, until Stephen Drew got a hit. The only other hit that game was by AJ. Funny that no one mentioned in this post is no longer on the team.

    • derklempner - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Correction: Arrieta is still pitching for the Cubs, unless you were specifically talking about the Red Sox.

      • edelmanfanclub - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Yeah I was. Arrieta is having a hell of a year too. I remember everyone the bleachers was like who the hell is this guy? At the time he had a sub 2 ERA and I had to remind people he used to be a very good prospect for Baltimore. Unless Clevenger turns out great the Cubs really ripped them off in that deal.

  4. sisqsage - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Nate was always an enigma with the Giants. Great outfield arm and played a tough RF at AT@T better than anyone. At the plate, he’d hit a 430-foot HR and then be AWOL for like the next 50 ABs. We always wanted him to be the starting RF in SF for like the next 10 years but he never was consistent enough, despite obvious physical tools. Never had any passion for the game. Guess that’s just the way the guy is wired. Can’t change something like that. Seemed injury-prone too. But he helped us get Hunter Pence, so for that, we will always be grateful. Wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up back in SF as a late innings replacement for Morse or somebody. He can still help somebody with his defense.

    • blabidibla - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      I would not be at all surprised to see him back at AT+T in the next week in a home jersey.

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