Days after being non-tendered by the Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder Nate Schierholtz landed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday night.
According to ESPN.com, the Cubs envision Schierholtz as their primary right fielder in 2013. The Chicago Tribune reported that Schierholtz might share right field with Dave Sappelt. David DeJesus manned the position for Chicago last season, but he could move to center field.
Schierholtz earned $1.3 million in 2012, and the Phillies didn't want to give him the pay raise he would have received this winter as an arbitration-eligible player.
The 28-year-old hit .257 with a .321 on-base percentage, a .407 slugging percentage, six homers and 21 RBI in 114 games for the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia this year.
Schierholtz played parts of six seasons with the Giants, who gave him repeated chances to prove he could be a regular, something he rarely accomplished. He finally was dealt to Philadelphia in the July trade that brought outfielder Hunter Pence to San Francisco.
Over 540 career games, Schierholtz has a .270 average, a .319 on-base percentage, a .409 slugging percentage, 24 homers and 123 RBI.