Phillies Non-Tender Schierholtz

Schierhotlz will not return to the Phillies in 2013.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Phillies have non-tendered outfielder Nate Schierholtz and let him become a free agent. Schierholtz hit .273/.319/.379 in just 73 plate appearances last year after being acquired in the Hunter Pence trade. Schierholtz, 28, is a career .270/.319/.409 hitter with a plus arm in right field and has been worth about a Win Above Replacement level per year according to FanGraphs. Schierholtz made $1.3 million last year and likely would have seen a raise had the Phillies tendered an offer.

The move leaves the Phillies with 37 players on their 40 man roster which includes four outfielders who have played in the Majors (Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, and Darin Ruf) and two that have not (Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies).

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    November 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    In my opinion, dumb move. They should have cut Nix and signed Schierholtz, who hits for a higher average and is a much better fielder.

  2. George

    November 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    That has to be the biggest surprise of the offseason. (Sarcasm intended.)

    With all the oufielders on the roster, ALL of them question marks, someone had to go.

    While I feel badly for Schierholtz, and hope he latches on somewhere, he was the prime candidate due to a likey arbitration raise.

    For people who would have prefered Nix be dumped, Nix is under contract and would have cost money unless he could have been traded. A non-tender costs nothing.


    November 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    ……….Penny wise and pound foolish.

    • hk

      November 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Agreed. It never made sense to me why they gave Laynce Nix a guaranteed 2 year contract in the first place. Now, it looks like that decision is costing them the better player.

  4. psujoe

    November 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    If they were going to non tender him why didn’t they ask for couple of long shot minor leaguers or a different piece. Just a waste IMO. So we’re left with:

    one year of Pence
    .40 years of Schierholtz

    • Double Trouble Del

      November 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I can’t look back at the archives to see your reaction to the Pence acquisition however most Phillies fans were overjoyed by the trade of an established major league player for promising but unproven minor leaguers. So it didn’t work out. RAJ cut what were perceived losses and got the best deal he could for a struggling OF who was headed toward a big arbitration raise. Schierholtz was in Bochy’s dog house and RAJ need a warm body hence his appearance in Philadelphia. Obviously Charlie wasn’t to fond of him either so we say bye bye to Nate we hardly knew ya.

      • psujoe

        November 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        I am on record as saying I was OK with the over pay of Singleton, Cosart and a throw away. I then added that I would be pissed if Santana was the player to be named later. Low and behold, it was Santana.

        To the point, why throw in ‘upside studs’ like Santana and then a year later take a guy you’ll non-tender half a year later. Seriously, something doesn’t make sense.

  5. Jeff

    November 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Who are we about to sign

  6. Jeff

    November 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Who are we about to sign Hamilton and Pagan?

    • psujoe

      November 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      were are you hearing this?

  7. Ken Bland

    November 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm


    After losing out on B.J. Upton, the Phillies are now pursuing Angel Pagan according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Two teams, believed to be the Phillies and Giants, have offered the outfielder a four-year deal.

    And comment…

    Well, it’s not “news”, it’s speculation,” but let’s say the Phils and Giants have truly offered Pagan a 4 year deal. This is where it’s tough for Pagan to leave the Giants unless there’s something really of interest pulling at him to play with the Phils. Like he much prefers the East Coast, or the dollars are that much higher. I find it almost impossible to believe the Giants offered him 4 years, and he’d ;eave. I have to believe, based on guess, it’d be for representative money. I guess stranger things have happened. An entire week went by, and didn’t nobody suggest the Phils rehook with John Bowker to solve the outfield problems.

    • Chuck A.

      December 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Ken, my feelings exactly. If the Giants are offering four years then he stays in SFG.

      By the way, I noticed that you change your picture as often as some women change their clothes. Interesting… And who’s the hot chick? She almost looks like Jessica Savitch…you know, the long lost (and now dead) Channel 3 newscaster.

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