Ken Rosenthal says that the Chicago Cubs are expected to move either Nate Schierholtz or David DeJesus, and that the Pirates are in on both.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
We’ve heard Schierholtz mentioned a lot, but this is the first time this year that DeJesus has been connected to the Pirates. Rosenthal says DeJesus might be more likely to be moved. He is under team control through the 2014 season, with a $6.5 M option and a $1.5 M buyout. This year DeJesus has a .268/.327/.452 line in 228 at-bats. He has been good against right-handers, with an .832 OPS, but has struggled against lefties with a .462 OPS.
Schierholtz has better splits this year (.885/.560), but either way the Pirates would need to find someone who could hit left-handers if they went with one of these guys.
UPDATE 3:02 PM: Nick Cafardo says Nate Schierholtz is staying with the Cubs.
Looks like Nate Schierholz staying put with Cubs
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 31, 2013
UPDATE 3:57 PM: Bob Nightengale says the Pirates aren’t meeting the Cubs price, and there’s doubt a trade will be made.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2013