Free Agent Left Field Options for San Francisco Giants

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Nate Schierholtz

Jul 2, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder

Nate Schierholtz

(19) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

File this one in the “old friend” category. Schierholtz spent six seasons in the orange and black, and he was a fan favorite in his time. He was up-and-down in his six years, as he never was able to secure a permanent starting spot, and was mainly seen as a fourth outfielder.

In 2012, Schierholtz was part of the trade deadline-deal that brought Pence to San Francisco, winding up with the Philadelphia Phillies himself. He became a free agent after the season, and signed with the Chicago Cubs, where he would enjoy his best season in 2013. As the starting right fielder, Schierholtz tied a career-high playing in 137 games, and set career-highs with 21 home runs, 32 doubles, and 68 RBI’s.

2014 was an extreme regression for Schierholtz, as he split time between Chicago and the Nationals. He hit just .195 with 11 doubles, 7 home runs and 37 RBI’s.

Schierholtz may be best known among Bay Area fans for his defense. He is a great defender, and everyone should remember the cannon he has attached to his right shoulder. He has 41 career outfield assists, and is among the most feared arms in the game. However, he has only played 12 career games in left field, so there will be an adjustment period.

This would be another risky signing, as Schierholtz is an enigma offensively, and will be entering his age 31 season. He may be cheap, however, as a minor league-deal may be enough to bring Schierholtz back to his original club.