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Free-agent outfielder Kyle Schwarber, one of the heroes of the 2016 World Series title run for the Chicago Cubs, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals, it was announced Saturday.
A source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the deal is for $10 million.
Schwarber was non-tendered on Dec. 3, becoming a free agent after six seasons with the Cubs. The 27-year-old outfielder was in his final year of arbitration, but the Cubs let him go after he hit just .188 with 11 home runs in 59 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Schwarber said a “big factor” in his joining the Nationals was reuniting with manager Davey Martinez, who was a coach with the Cubs from 2015 to 2017.
“Once I heard they had interest, it was definitely something I wanted to pursue,” Schwarber said Saturday. “I was ready to say yes right away. I’m honored to be here.
“I love [Martinez] to death. I’m so excited to play for this guy. He only wants to win.”
Schwarber fills two needs that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo outlined heading into the offseason: a corner outfielder