Two weeks after being designated for assignment by the Cubs, Nate Schierholtz has caught on with another team.
The 30-year-old outfielder could become a part of the National League pennant race after inking a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals Monday:
#Nats have signed veteran OF Nate Schierholtz to minor-league contract. Will report to Syracuse. Would imagine we'll see him in September.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) August 18, 2014
Schierholtz could become a nice left-handed bat off the bench for Washington down the stretch. He's a plus defeneder at the corner outfield spots and has some pop, hitting 21 homers with the Cubs in 2013.
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After a career season last year, Schierholtz could never get on track this year and became the odd man out in Chicago with top prospect Arismendy Alcantara joining the outfield mix last month. Schierholtz finished his Cubs career hitting just .192 with a .541 OPS in 99 games in 2014.