Rumor: Yankees in the mix for Nate Schierholtz

The Phillies recently non-tendered Nate Schierholtz, but will have no problem finding work as nine teams, including the Yankees, have called about about signing the outfielder, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Schierholtz will be 29 before the season starts, he’s an excellent outfield defender, but has just a 97 OPS+ in parts of six major league seasons with a .270/.319/.409 line. He is trending slightly upward, but there are no signs that he’ll be breaking out into a star anytime soon. Realistically, he’s a solid defensive outfielder who doesn’t have a lot of patience, power, or speed, and doesn’t hit for an especially good average.

He would give them a decent portion of an outfield platoon though since he hits righties so much better than lefties. Over the past three seasons his line against righties is .270/.334/.440. Still not spectacular, but if the Yankees could match him up with a solid platoon partner, like maybe Scott Hairston, who has hit .263/.308/.464 against lefties, then the Yankees could be on to something at least as a stopgap measure.

Schierholtz earned $1.3 million last year, but the Phillies, who got him as part of the Hunter Pence trade with the Giants, didn’t think he was worth a raise and cut him last week. His best season came in 2011 when he hit .278/.326/.430 in 115 games for the Giants.

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One Response to Rumor: Yankees in the mix for Nate Schierholtz

  1. roy levine says:

    The Yankees are in poor shape right now going up against lefties. The loss of Rodriguez, Martin (an excellent hitter against lefties) and Swisher all are devastating. Further, Ichiro hits lefties and righties equally. He may be gone. I could see him getting platooned with Brett Gardner, if Gardner's splits are poor. Nevertheless, no one is quaking in his boots at the thought of facing Schierholtz in Yankee Stadium.