Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/5/14
Our look at potential trade targets of Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies continues with a pair of Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Villanueva. Schierholtz, whom the Phillies non-tendered over the winter after acquiring last July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, has had the best first-half of his career after finally getting to play every day. Schierholtz has hit .269 for the Cubs with 11 homers, 34 RBIs, 19 doubles and three triples. Subtract his sparse at-bats vs. lefties and he’s hit .278 with a .862 OPS. These are numbers befitting a starting corner outfielder, and the Phillies could have kept Schierholtz for a very reasonable price this past offseason. But their outfield situation was unsettled then, and Schierholtz instead signed with the Cubs for $2.25 million. Schierholtz is one of few players who should be on Amaro’s radar because he possesses the ability to center field and plays for a team that is clearly in sell-mode. On a one-year deal, the Cubs don’t have a...
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