For those of you who thought maybe, possibly, the Cubs might bring Kyle Schwarber back — that’s over:
Source: The Nationals have signed Kyle Schwarber to a one-year deal pending a physical.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) January 9, 2021
Nationals are signing OF Kyle Schwarber to a 1-year deal, pending a physical, source confirms @dougherty_jesse report. Lefty slugger was non-tendered by Cubs this winter. Davey Martinez has always loved him.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) January 9, 2021
The idea that Schwarber might sign with an American League team so he could be a designated hitter didn’t stop the Nats from bringing him on board. While MLB has told NL teams to prepare as if there won’t be a DH, it’s still possible that rule could be changed before the season starts.
There’s no word yet on what the dollar figure is for Schwarber with the Nats; when we learn that figure, it will be instructive, because it will show what the Cubs could have signed him for. As noted above, he’ll be reunited with former Cubs bench coach, now Nats manager, Dave Martinez.
UPDATE: Here’s the dollar figure.
Outfielder Kyle Schwarber and the Washington Nationals are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million deal, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN. First with the deal: @dougherty_jesse.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 9, 2021
If the 2021 schedule goes as currently planned — and there are no guarantees it will — the Nationals and Schwarber will be at Wrigley Field for a four-game series May 17-20, and the Cubs travel to Washington for a three-game set July 30-31 and August 1.
I wish Schwarber much success with the Nats, except, of course, when he’s facing the Cubs.