Cubs Request Release Waivers On Nate Schierholtz

AUG. 13: The Cubs have placed Schierholtz on release waivers, tweets Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. He will officially be a free agent when he clears on Friday.

AUG. 6: The Cubs have designated outfielder Nate Schierholtz for assignment, tweets Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. With the move, roster space was created for Kyuji Fujikawa‘s activation from the 60-day DL.

Schierholtz, a 30-year-old left-handed hitter, was playing on a $5MM salary this season in his final year of arbitration eligibility. Unless Chicago can find a taker for all or part of that figure, they’ll be on the hook for most (if not all) of the money left owing.

The veteran of eight MLB campaigns had struggled to a .192/.240/.300 slash through 341 plate appearances this year, after posting a strong .251/.301/.470 line in 503 trips to bat in 2013. He had actually turned in three straight seasons with above-average OPS marks before hitting a wall this year.


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42 Comments on "Cubs Request Release Waivers On Nate Schierholtz"


jrodhard
1 year 24 days ago

should have traded him last july when his value was at its peak.

TheoHoyer
1 year 24 days ago

I agree, but only to an extent. His value to the ML team probably outweighed the B-level prospect return the Cubs would have gotten for him. Plus, at the time, he was hitting pretty well and still had another year of cheap control. There are just so many prospects you can have in your farm system. Coming into the 2014 season, Schierholtz was, sadly, the best outfielder arm and bat in the Cubs lineup.

Chris Lattier
1 year 24 days ago

I agree with all of your statement except the, “There are just so many prospects you can have in your farm system”.

1 year 24 days ago

It’s true in certain instances. Schierholtz isn’t the kind of player who would get legit prospects back. There’s only so many spots in the minors and if what you’re being offered isn’t better than what you have already, it doesn’t make sense to make a deal. The Cubs have a deep system.

Chris Lattier
1 year 24 days ago

Yes I agreed with all of that already. Schierholtz, last year — had 1 more year of control, was hitting well and no other team was offering anything of value for him…of course you hang on to him.

1 year 24 days ago

I see. Then why did you single out the portion that lead to my reply?

Chris Lattier
1 year 24 days ago

I originally responded to TheoHoyer — he said, “I agree, but only to an extent. His value to the ML team probably
outweighed the B-level prospect return the Cubs would have gotten for
him. Plus, at the time, he was hitting pretty well and still had another
year of cheap control. There are just so many prospects you can have
in your farm system. Coming into the 2014 season, Schierholtz was,
sadly, the best outfielder arm and bat in the Cubs lineup”

Which is essentially what you said….the only problem with the original statement by TheoHoyer is that “there are just so many prospects you can have in your farm system.” I just think that you would want every guy in your farm system to have value and you can’t have enough prospects.

Chris Lattier
1 year 24 days ago

you can’t have enough prospects…if Schierholtz isn’t getting anything back (worthy prospects/young players) than his value outweighed the return…separate from that…you can never have too many prospects.

David Levenfeld
1 year 24 days ago

Every one of his at-bats was wasted, and could have been used for players with future promise. Just like Darwin Barney. Management’s stubborn insistence on playing those two is an insult to fans that deserve better than players hitting sub-.200.

TRAPstar
1 year 24 days ago

I predict that the Giants will bring Nate back home to SF

Joe
1 year 24 days ago

I just read from Henry Schulman that Bruce Bochy would have him back, though I am not sure if that was Schulman’s speculation or Bochy’s words.

kungfucampby
1 year 17 days ago

Yeah he’s likely going right back to San Fran.

Wooltron
1 year 17 days ago

The Giants are pretty set as far as back up outfielders who can’t hit goes.

Chioakcisco
1 year 24 days ago

Too bad the pride of Chabot College fell off so badly this year. Good luck Nate.

Andrew Collins
1 year 24 days ago

What?!! Everyone crying the Phillies should have kept him. Don’t think it would have mattered.

onemanrevival
1 year 24 days ago

Is Nate Schierholtz better than Travis Snider? If Neal thinks so, he might head to Pittsburgh while Cutch rests

Ron Loreski
1 year 24 days ago

The Pirates should get Schierholtz anyway and DFA Gabby Sanchez. Gabby isn’t holding up his end of the platoon AT ALL, so might as well let Ike Davis play everyday. Put Snider back in his PH role, and let Schierholtz play the outfield.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 24 days ago

Count me as interested for the O’s to go and get him.
Although, I wonder if he will make it out of the National League.

1 year 24 days ago

“Unless Chicago can find a taker for all or part of that figure, they’ll be on the hook for most (if not all)”

So if the Cubs can’t get someone to take all or part, they’ll be responsible for all or most? What happens if they can get someone to take all or part?

TheoHoyer
1 year 24 days ago

The Cubs are responsible for his entire contract minus the league minimum, if he signs a minor league contract with another team and is called up. If he is called up, he would be paid the league minimum, and the Cubs would pay the remainder of his 5 million dollar contract.

1 year 24 days ago

I was commenting on the awkward wording.

TheoHoyer
1 year 24 days ago

Whooooooosh. That went right over my head, I guess.

Carry on, sir.

kylecthomas
1 year 24 days ago

he will be a giant by the end of the week

Wooltron
1 year 17 days ago

Why would the Giants want a third back up outfielder who can’t hit? Blanco and Perez have that role covered.

ray1
1 year 24 days ago

The Cubs will get something for Schierholtz. They always do when they move someone.

Larry DePaoli
1 year 24 days ago

That .192 isn’t a good selling point.

bigbadjohnny
1 year 17 days ago

Pay off his salary, you might get a good class A player.

Cosmo3
1 year 24 days ago

Oh well, win some lose some. Shierholtz, EJax, and Ian Stewart are the only three bad moves I can think of Theo/co. making- which is a huge success IMO considering these didn’t even really hurt us to bad, and no GM bats 1.000. Otherwise, their moves have overwhelmingly been good to great, and I believe we’re about to finally see the end result- a very competitive, cost-controlled ball club that is able to maintain its competitiveness year-in-year-out for many seasons to come.

For all us Cubs fans have suffered, I still have a hard time believing how competent a FO we suddenly now have, especially when we were living in the whimsical world of Hendry just a few short years ago, and this team was a disaster top to bottom.

cjdubbya
1 year 24 days ago

I don’t think Schierholtz was a bad move, he’s just having a bad season. Had a decent season in 2013.

Jamesonhendry
1 year 22 days ago

I’m going to tell Hoyer to sign Edwin to an 8 year extension at league max.

Brad Vance
1 year 24 days ago

Nate hit 21 homers last year, 19 went to RF.
HE has 6 this season, all to RF.
I think that screams Yankees.
The less Ichiro in RF the better IMO.

Joe
1 year 24 days ago

When he first requested a trade from the Giants, I was thinking Yankees because of the short porch. If he wants to bulk up his numbers for free agency this offseason, then he should sign in NY.

DaCubsDaBears
1 year 17 days ago

Build up his numbers ??
You assume the other teams dont adjust for park effects ??

Joe
1 year 16 days ago

Still helps in contract negotiations to have 15 homers vs 5, wouldn’t you say?

DodgersMavericksCowboysMadrid
1 year 24 days ago

Tell me how many home runs Ellsbury has, McCann, Beltran. I dont see any of their stats improving. You are senseless

Joe
1 year 23 days ago

Ever heard of a down season? It is possible for multiple players to have them at the same time.

WashingtonRancors
1 year 24 days ago

Should have traded him last year when he would have brought back……something

1 year 24 days ago

Can one of the people saying “should have traded him last year” point me to the trade offer the Cubs turned down for Schierholtz? I’m curious which stud prospect was being offered for Schierholtz (lifetime batting avg .254) at last years trade deadline. I can’t find anything about it.

philly_435
1 year 20 days ago

When I saw this I was surprised because I haven’t really been following him this year, then I was even more shocked when I saw that .192

bigbadjohnny
1 year 17 days ago

About $1.3 million left on the contract…….any takers ?

Geoff Bonn
1 year 17 days ago

Come home, Nate.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 17 days ago

Still interested in Nate the Great!