Outfielder Nate Schierholtz has opted out of his contract with the Rangers to become a free agent, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers had signed Schierholtz to a minor league deal in early February, which included a $1.75 million salary if he had made the major league roster.
Schierholtz hit just .265/.324/.265 in 34 Cactus League at-bats this spring. As the identical batting average and slugging percentage would suggest, none of his nine hits went for extra bases.
Schierholtz, 31, posted a disappointing .552 OPS in 383 plate appearances between the Cubs and Nationals last season. Though he’s well-regarded for his defense, teams will likely find it tough to accept his lackluster offense coming off of the bench.