Nate Schierholtz trade rumors: Diamondbacks interested in OF

Joe Robbins

The Diamondbacks are looking to inject some power into their lineup from an outfield spot.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to trade for a good-hitting corner outfielder and are looking in particular at Cubs' right fielder Nate Schierholtz, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Arizona currently has Gerardo Parra in right field and top prospect Adam Eaton as the likely starter in left field. Neither player hit particularly well in 2013: Eaton played in 66 games and hit .251/.314/.360 while Parra was in the lineup all year and posted a 726 OPS. Further, neither offers much in the way of power which is where Schierholtz could help: He hit 21 home runs for the Cubs in 2013, though he also posted just a .301 OBP. Over a seven-year career, Schierholtz has a 739 OPS.

Both Eaton and Parra do come with their benefits, however. Eaton is just 24 and has yet to play a full season in the major leagues. He should improve with time and may be a mainstay in the Arizona outfield. Parra, meanwhile, is coming off an outstanding defensive season that saw him walk away with a Gold Glove and numerous other fielding awards.

A trade for Schierholtz or another outfielder may be a move to form an outfield rotation to keep each player fresh. A strict platoon is likely out of the question as Schierholtz, Parra and Eaton all bat left handed. A.J. Pollock and Cody Ross could also compete for a spot in the Diamondbacks' outfield.

It's possible that Schierholtz could be packaged with Jeff Samardzija in a deal. The Diamondbacks have been rumored to have a great deal of interest in the Cubs' starting pitcher. If Arizona were to give up Adam Eaton as part of the return, brining in Schierholtz as a replacement would make sense.

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