Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 9 Months

Cubs avoided arbitration with OF Nate Schierholtz by agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Schierholtz gets a sizable raise after putting up a career year last season for the Cubs, batting .251/.301/.470 with 21 homers and 68 RBI. Entering his walk year, the 29-year-old seems likely to be a trade candidate over the summer.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 11 Months

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in acquiring outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the Cubs.

It's not known if the two sides have had trade discussions, but the Diamondbacks are in the market for a corner outfielder. Schierholtz, who turns 30 in February, batted .251/.301/.470 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI over 137 games this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Sep 19 '13

Nate Schierholtz connected for a two-run homer in a win over the Brewers on Thursday.

Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic also homered in the victory. Schierholtz has cooled off a bit since the All-Star break, but his 21 home runs and 67 RBI have been a nice surprise for the Cubs and fantasy owners alike.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Sep 14 '13

Nate Schierholtz went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, plating the Cubs lone run in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.

Schierholtz's first inning double off Gerrit Cole would've netted him a pair of RBI, but Anthony Rizzo was gunned out at the plate attempting to score. The 29-year-old outfielder has been a very consistent run producer in the middle of the Cubs lineup this season, slashing .253/.306/.480 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 123 games.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Aug 26 '13

Nate Schierholtz (back) is in the Cubs' starting lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

Schierholtz left Sunday's game after tweaking his back while running to first base, but it's not a major concern. He'll bat cleanup against Zack Greinke.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Aug 25 '13

Nate Schierholtz left Sunday's game with an apparent head injury.

Schierholtz was hit in the helmet on a throwing error in the 13th inning and had to be removed from the game. He finished 1-for-6 with a strikeout before exiting.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Aug 19 '13

Nate Schierholtz went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to lead the Cubs' offense on Monday.

Schierholtz has 18 homers in 347 at-bats this season after hitting 24 in his first 1,275 major league at-bats. That he's gotten out of San Francisco and into a better park for power hitters has surely been a factor there, but even so, his .522 slugging percentage is a big surprise. The Cubs will be able to keep him around for next year, too.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Aug 08 '13

Nate Schierholtz launched a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

His solo homer off Ethan Martin in the fourth inning was the only offense of the day for Chicago. Some have wondered why the Cubs kept Schierholtz around past the July 31 trade deadline, but they still have him under team control for another year. Perhaps they'll revisit the idea of a trade this winter, but it's conceivable he could be on the team next year.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Jul 31 '13

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs don't mind hanging onto Nate Schierholtz if they don't get an offer they like.

Chicago is in a nice position with Schierholtz. They inked the outfielder to a cheap one-year, $2.25 million contract over the winter and have been rewarded with a .272/.332/.517 slash line with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 89 games. If they don't appreciate what the market will bear for Schierholtz, Chicago will simply keep him. Schierholtz is under team control through next season.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS Jul 31 '13

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs appear more likely to trade outfielder Nate Schierholtz than relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell.

Schierholtz isn't a big name, but he has quietly had a very nice season for the Cubs, batting .272/.332/.517 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 89 games. Many have speculated on the Pirates as a potential fit. Gregg was looking like an obvious trade candidate not too long ago, but his recent struggles have likely diminished his value.