Nate Schierholtz had an awful, awful season last year while splitting the year between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
it was so bad, in fact, that the left fielder hit just .195 a year after he blasted 21 homers and hit .265 for the Cubs while being a potential trade target for the Texas Rangers around the trade deadline.
Now, the Rangers are bringing in Schierholtz, who will turn 31 later this month, in on a minor-league deal — the lowest risk of all risks, and a great one for a guy who is just two years removed from being a great platoon option for the Cubs as a guy who just absolutely mashed left-handed pitching.
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If Schierholtz can find a way on to the Rangers' big-league roster, he'd be a great candidate to platoon with Mitch Moreland as a designated hitter and as a possible solution to the left field opening the Rangers will enter spring training with.
He also joins Ryan Ludwick, who was signed earlier last week, as another guy brought in on a minor-league deal with the possibility of making the big-league club and earning a $1.75 million salary for 2015.