The only offer the Yankees have made to a position player so far this offseason was rejected as outfielder Nate Schierholtz agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal to play for the Chicago Cubs next season, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN and Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
The Yankees have not been willing to sign players to multi-year contracts, but they have now passed up opportunities to sign players to reasonable deals. That includes not only Schierholtz, but Eric Chavez as well, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal to play for the Diamondbacks. At least the Yankees made an official offer this time.
Schierholtz doesn’t have outstanding numbers in his career, but he played for six years in San Francisco, a pitchers park, and his career splits show that as he had a .630 OPS at home, but a .838 OPS on the road. $2.25 million for that kind of production is a steal. People keep talking about him as a platoon player, and he probably would have started out that way, but he certainly could have been more than that especially with his left handed swing in Yankee Stadium.
But the Yankees are going to make more money over the next two years than they probably have in any season they didn’t win a World Series in for a decade. Who needs championships when you have record profits?