Nate Schierholtz makes Yang Yang’s ball drop.
Reporters are reportedly reporting that the Cubs have agreed to sign RF Nate Schierholtz to a one-year, 2.25 million dollar contract. Like many of the other contracts we’ve seen so far in the offseason, this one is also incentive-heavy. I like this trend in contracts since “taking pride in one’s work” doesn’t always seem to be enough of a motivating factor for some players. A lack of motivation doesn’t seem to be an issue with Schierholtz, however. He apparently turned down at least one longer contract that was worth more money than the Cubs’ contract. It sounds like the guy wants to play every day, and he expects the Cubs to be able to grant him that wish. David DeJesus will most likely be playing center this season to make way for Schierholtz in right. The most plate appearances he has had in one season is 362 in 2011. Hopefully he is a guy who will be able to come in and make the most of the copious playing time he sounds likely to receive.
Schierholtz is strong defensively which is a must for RF at Wrigley, and Carrie Muskat mentioned in her article that he “has one of the best throwing arms in the league.” His career batting average is .270, and he bats left-handed. This gives the Cubs quite a few lefties in the lineup, especially if the re-signing of Ian Stewart is true. Ivy Envy writer Corey was reportedly excited that the new signing’s name contained the words “sheer” and “Holtz.”