Cubs, Schierholtz agree on one-year contract

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The Cubs improved their outfield depth Friday by agreeing to terms with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year contract.

Schierholtz, 28, is a career .270 hitter (344-for-1,275) with 75 doubles, 15 triples, 24 home runs and 123 RBI in 540 major league games with the San Francisco Giants (2007-12) and Philadelphia Phillies (2012). The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower has spent the majority of his big league career playing right field (420 games, 261 starts), where he owns a .989 fielding percentage (seven errors in 616 total chances), but he has also seen limited time in center field and left field. In 2010, he ranked fifth in outfield assists and fielding percentage among right fielders.

Schierholtz had spent his entire professional career in the Giants organization before being dealt to the Phillies as part of a four-player trade on July 31, 2012. He combined to hit .257 (62-for-241) with eight doubles, five triples and six home runs in 114 games between the two clubs last season.

Originally selected by San Francisco in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Schierholtz made his major league debut with the Giants in 2007 at the age of 23 and was a big league mainstay by 2009. He was a member of San Francisco’s 2010 World Championship team and followed that season by hitting .278 (93-for-335) and setting career highs with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBI in 2011.

Other Cubs Notes:
Left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, and right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants. Left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Single-A Kane County.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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