The Yankees are the early favorites to sign free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz, tweets ESPN’s Buser Olney. The soon to be 29 year old outfielder was non-tendered by the Phillies last week after hitting .257/.321/.407 in the N.L. in 2012. If the Yankees were to sign him, he would presumably be slotted into right field, perhaps as the left-handed half of a platoon there, though I suppose it wouldn’t be shocking if he was an everyday outfielder either. He actually doesn’t have much of a platoon split in his career (a 90 wRC+ vs. LHP, compared to a 96 mark against righties), he just hasn’t gotten much of a chance to play against lefties, with just 271 career plate appearances against them. Signing Schierholtz would also probably mean not bringing back Ichiro Suzuki, as I highly doubt the Yankees would want to construct a roster with four left-handed hitting outfielders.
Personally, I’m pretty un-enthused about the prospect of signing Schierholtz. The guy is a thoroughly mediocre hitter who’s does everything adequately, I guess, but doesn’t really stand out in any respect, and he doesn’t really ad much in the way of defense or baserunning, either. Given the choice I’d much rather see the Yankees just bring back Ichiro, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers and all that.