The Cubs solidified their outfield by signing Nate Schiertholtz to a one-year, $2.25 million on Wednesday. Schiertholtz had spent most of his carrer with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence deal last season. He will most likely play right field for Chicago, allowing David DeJesus to stay in center field, with Alfonso Soriano in left field. The deal was originally reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The new outfielder is a career .270 hitter, who was a member of the Giants when they won the World Series in 2010. Although he may not be the big splash some Cubs fans were hoping for in the outfielder, Schierholtz has proven himself to be a solid Major League ballplayer.
He has also provided stellar defense since making his debut six years ago, as he boasts a .988 fielding percentage. While he has played all outfield positions in the past, his primary position is right field, where he has spent 420 games.
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