Rumor: Yankees are frontrunners for Nate Schierholtz 5

The Yankees are losing options left and right, but the one player whom they might be able to sign seems to be outfielder Nate Schierholtz as Buster Olney of ESPN reported earlier that the Yankees are early front runners for his services.

Schierholtz will be 29 by the start of next season. He has a career line of .270/.319/.409. His platoon splits have been pretty close throughout his career too with a .732 OPS against righties and a .708 OPS against lefties.

Schierholtz’s numbers might look soft, but he is going from playing most of his career in the pitcher’s friendly park in San Francisco to a park that plays perfectly to his left handed bat. Last season alone, he had a .242/.310/.320 line at home and a .274/.333/.504 line on the road. A move to Yankee Stadium could be perfect for Schierholtz.

On top of that, Schierholtz has the reputation for being a strong defensive outfielder with a good arm. The numbers back that up as he has a career 17.4 UZR although last season he was at a negative-1.4 (which is about league average anyway).

The Phillies non-tendered Schierholtz this offseason despite only being projected by MLBTradeRumors to earn $1.6 million next year. Despite that, he’s getting a solid amount of interest already with Olney reporting that he got nine calls immediately after being non-tendered. The Orioles also made him an offer, but he turned it down. They are probably out of the running now though after they re-signed Nate McClouth.

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