The Cubs continue to make moves, this time addressing their needs in the outfield.
Nate Schierholtz has just been signed to a 1 year/$2.25 million deal with an additional $500,000 in performance incentives. Schierhotlz played 114 games last year, totaling 6 HR and 21 RBI for the Giants and Phillies.
Schierholtz will be expected to start in right field on opening day, thus moving David DeJesus to center field.
With such a short term deal, it seems that this signing is much more of a patch up than anything as Schierholtz would not be part of the long term picture.
$2.25 million + incentives seems a very steep price to pay for his services. Schierholtz isn’t the best hitter in the world having failed to break the .430 SLG barrier for 4 years straight and isn’t multi-positional. However, with a dry market and other pieces being picked up for greater expense, this move isn’t the worst I’ve seen.
More in depth analysis of this deal will be posted as details break. Stay tuned for more!