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Kyle Schwarber has signed with the Nationals

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He’s really not coming back to the Cubs.

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

For those of you who thought maybe, possibly, the Cubs might bring Kyle Schwarber back — that’s over:

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.

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.