AP source: Cubs, Schierholtz nearing agreement

A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Nate

Schierholtz and the Chicago Cubs are closing in on a one-year,

$2.25 million contract.

The person, speaking Wednesday on the condition of anonymity

because the deal had not been finalized, confirmed reports by

several media outlets. Schierholtz can earn an additional $500,000

in performance bonuses.

”I’m so excited for the opportunity to play in Chicago,”

Schierholtz said in a text message to The Associated Press.

Schierholtz was traded from San Francisco to Philadelphia last

season in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants at the July

31 non-waiver deadline. He batted .257 with six homers in 114 games

overall this year and is a .270 career hitter in six seasons.

The Phillies declined to tender Schierholtz a 2013 contract

offer before last Friday’s deadline, making him a free agent.

AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed

to this report.