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Cubs, Schierholtz nearing agreement

12/06/2012 12:28 AM ET
By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- 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.

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.

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