PHILADELPHIA -- A source confirmed on Friday that the Phillies have non-tendered outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who was eligible for salary arbitration. Schierholtz, whom the Phillies acquired from the San Francisco Giants in July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, made $1.3 million last season.
Assuming the Phillies add at least a center fielder in the coming weeks, there will be a healthy group of outfielders with Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix.
The only other Phillies player eligible for salary arbitration was left-hander Antonio Bastardo, and the Phillies tendered him a contract, as expected.
Schierholtz's salary seemed to work against him. He would have received a raise from the $1.3 million he made last season, which wouldn't make sense for the Phillies, as he probably would have been no better than the team's fifth outfielder. He also hits left-handed like Brown and Nix, and the Phillies are looking to add right-handed hitters.
Schierholtz hit .273 with four doubles, one home run, five RBIs and a .698 OPS in just 66 at-bats with the Phillies. He is a .270 hitter with a .727 OPS in his career.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.