Nate Schierholtz signs with Cubs despite offer from Yankees

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?

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2 Responses to Nate Schierholtz signs with Cubs despite offer from Yankees

  1. A.M. Rodriguez says:

    This has become a very sad situation when 2nd tear players are turning the mighty Yankees down. Including some of the players who had previously played for them. The Yankees budgetary constraints are pushing everyone away from the team. It appears as if the Yankees are no longer the pride of MLB!! A BILLION dollar ball club has turned themselves into the east coast Oakland A's. I hope they can replicate & win with no name players. I'm sure what Hank & Hal are doing with this team is making their father turn over in is grave. I'm sure this is not what Mr. Steinbrenner envision his mighty NY Yankees would become. The brand he made known world wide, has become the billion dollar team worried about pinching pennys. Not the Yankees I know & grew up with & it's a shame!!!!

  2. Mike says:

    Time to start finding out if the Yanks minor leaguers can fill the bill. They can't be that far from those average players on the free agent market. Nunez, Nix, and Dickerson may never be stars but I think they compare favorably with most of the available free agents. Give them a chance and let's see what happens. Face it, it's all a crap-shoot anyway.