Nate Schierholtz’s short stay in Philadelphia is likely over.
According to an ESPN.com report, the Phillies informed Schierholtz that he would not be offered a contract for 2013. All major league teams have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday to decide whether or not to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players.
The only other Phillies player who is arbitration eligible is reliever Antonio Bastardo, who will be tendered a contract for 2013.
After coming over in the July 31 trade that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco, the 28-year-old Schierholtz hit .273 with one home run in 37 games with the Phillies.
Overall, Schierholtz hit .257 with a .728 OPS and six home runs in 114 games between Philadelphia and San Francisco in 2012. His played was limited shortly after joining the Phillies after landing on the disabled list with a foot injury.
Schierholtz’s salary likely played into the team’s decision to non-tender him.
Schierholtz made $1.3 million in 2012. Since he would earn a raise through arbitration, Schierholtz would have been an expensive fourth or fifth outfielder.
While the Phils have been trying to upgrade their outfield this winter, let-handed hitters Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix and right-handers John Mayberry Jr. and Darin Ruf all figure to be back in 2013. Schierholtz will become a free agent at midnight.