Nationals' Schwarber: 'There's a chip on my shoulder' after Cubs exit

Report: Nationals Sign Kyle Schwarber to One-Year Deal

During his introductory Zoom call with the Nationals, Schwarber admitted the New York Yankees had come calling before he chose to go to Washington.

Schwarber will join Washington on a one-year, $10 million contract, sources confirmed. "But nothing really came to fruition there", Schwarber said when asked about the Yankees on a Zoom call.

The contract includes an $11 million mutual option in 2022 or a $3 million buyout.

Schwarber, 27, was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs in early December after spending his first six Major League Baseball seasons with the Northsiders (.230/.336/.480, 113 wRC+, 9.5 fWAR).

"I'm ready to come in and win another World Series with these guys", Schwarber said.

"It's not the way I wanted to leave my tenure in Chicago", he said.

Schwarber earned the prorated portion of $7.01 million last season.

A year earlier, he produced 38 homers and 92 RBIs, a.250 batting average and an.871 on-base plus slugging percentage, all career highs.

Washington entered the offseason searching for a corner outfielder with pop in his bat, and general manager Mike Rizzo secured one such player Saturday.

"When you look at Soto, I mean obviously, I think he's probably - I think he's the best hitter in the game. But it didn't, and I'm really happy where I'm at". "Even at his age, I think he's one of the best hitters in the game". And the move reunites Schwarber with Martinez - a reunion years in the making, once joked about back when they both were with the Cubs. Like Schwarber, the 28-year-old Bell had a career year in 2019 - 37 homers, 116 RBIs, .936 OPS - and slumped in 2020.

He hit.412 in five games as the Cubs' designated hitter in the 2016 World Series, which Chicago won in seven games over the Cleveland Indians.

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