Phillies to Non-Tender Schierholtz
The Phillies plan to acquire at least one outfielder before Spring Training opens in February.
So today a source confirmed they have non-tendered outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who was eligible for salary arbitration. Schierholtz, who the Phillies acquired from the San Francisco Giants in July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, made $1.3 million last season. Assuming the Phillies add at least a centerfielder in the coming weeks, there will be a healthy group of outfielders with Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr., and Laynce Nix.
The only other Phillies player eligible for salary arbitration is left-hander Antonio Bastardo, and the Phillies tendered him a contract as expected.
Schierholtz’s salary seemed to work against him. He would have received a raise from the $1.3 million, which wouldn’t make sense for the Phillies as he probably would have been no better than the team’s fifth outfielder. But he also hits left-handed like Brown and Nix, and the Phillies are looking to add right-handed hitters.
Schierholtz hit .273 with four doubles, one home run, five RBIs and a .698 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in just 66 at-bats with the Phillies. He is a .270 hitter with a .727 OPS in his career.