The Phillies have non-tendered Nate Schierholtz, making the outfielder acquired in the July Hunter Pence trade a free agent rather than an arbitration candidate for the Phillies.
Schierholtz hit .273/.319/.379 with the Phillies in 37 games and, because of a toe injury, never gave the team a long enough look at him to justify committing several million dollars in arbitration. With the Phillies' outfield situation in flux and money already committed to Laynce Nix (why?) for 2013, Schierholtz was a prime non-tender candidate. The news was first reported by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
The deadline for major-league teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is 11:59 p.m. Friday.
Schierholtz is a plus defender, especially in right field, where he had 25 outfield assists from 2009-11. He won't find a starting spot in free agency but could provide a team with a capable lefthanded platoon option. From 2010-12 he hit .270 with a .774 OPS vs. righties, but just .230 with a .552 OPS against lefties.