As expected, released Chicago Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz didn’t take long to find a new team. Today, the Washington Nationals announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Schierholtz on a minor league deal.
Schierholtz, 30, was a solid addition for the Cubs in 2013 before struggling from day one in 2014. His numbers, including underlying measures, were much worse across the board this year, and the Cubs designated Schierholtz for assignment before releasing him last week.
If the Nationals feel like rookie Michael Taylor can’t cut it right now as their fifth outfielder, behind Harper/Span/Werth/Hairston, then perhaps Schierholtz will get a look soon. Or perhaps the Nationals would prefer to have a veteran like Schierholtz on their bench heading into the playoffs.
If he’s called up to the big team in the next two weeks, the Cubs won’t be off the hook for his remaining salary, but they will save the pro-rated portion of the Major League minimum. If Schierholtz is up by the end of August, that could amount to about $100,000.
Best of luck to Schierholtz, whose timing for a down year couldn’t have been worst, as he heads into free agency after the season.