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The Nationals sign Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal

Aug 18, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Nate Schierholtz AP

Jon Morosi reports that the Washington Nationals have signed outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal.

Schierholtz was DFA’d by the Cubs on August 6 after he posted a .192 average with six homers and a .541 OPS in 99 games. He had a career-high 21 homers last season, but that’s clearly the high-water mark. He’s better off as a bench bat/platoon guy or someone you stash at Triple-A for depth in case of an injury to a starter.

Which is, in all likelihood, why the Nats signed him.

  1. teejayss - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Rizzo>Your GM

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Possibly a good call, with their other lefty bench OF, McLouth, injured. Still would like to see them looking for one more solid bullpen arm. Matt Thornton’s been better than anyone expected, but Soriano’s absolutely terrifying right now. You can hear the anguished shrieks when we come into the game all the way in Anacostia.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Yeah, I sure would like the Nats to have a closer who gives them more saves than heartburn.

  2. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    It’s signings like this one that will keep the Nats ahead of the Phillies.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      It’s signings like Ryan Howard that will keep the Phillies behind the Nats!

  3. natstowngreg - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Right now, the Nats lack a good lefty pinch-hitter. Schierholtz, hopefully, will help out in September. No guarantees, though; McLouth and Greg Dobbs were supposed to provide that capability, and didn’t.

  4. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Amaro signed Ryan Howard for A LOT OF MONEY.

  5. dadynational - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Smart City. Smart moves. If one can smack 21 homers in the Majors, your major. Game recognizes game baby!

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