Outfielder Nate Schierholtz proved to be one of the most impressive signings made by the Chicago Cubs front office last off-season.
After signing a one-year contract with the Cubs last off-season, the outfielder repaid the team with the best season of his career. Schierholtz finished the 2013 season with a line of .251/.301/.470/.770 to go along with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs. Much like the Cubs have done in the past with free-agent successes (i.e. David DeJesus), the team is expected to entertain the idea of trading Schierholtz for the purpose of acquiring long-term assets.
There is interest in Schierholtz. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted on Tuesday night that the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to acquire an outfielder and have an interest in the Cubs outfielder.
Diamondbacks would like to add a corner bat and have interest in trading for Cubs OF Nate Schierholtz, sources say. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2013
Trading Schierholtz this winter likely would be a wise idea for the Cubs front office. After a stellar start to the season in the first half, Schierholtz struggled in the second half. During the second half of the season, Schierholtz hit .230/.268/.435/.703. Each of those numbers were a decrease from Schierholtz’s line in the first half. What was perhaps most concerning, at least for the front office, is the decline in Schierholtz’s on base percentage. Schierholtz had an on base percentage of .327 in the first half of the season.
By no means should Schierholtz be considered a long-term asset for the Cubs. That is why the team will likely explore trading the outfielder this winter when his stock is high.