(RADIO.COM Sports) The Washington Nationals have added another slugger to their lineup.
Free-agent outfielder Kyle Schwarber and the Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $10-million deal, according to multiple reports Saturday. It will mark a change of scenery for Schwarber, who played for the Cubs for the past six seasons before they non-tendered him in December.
With the designated hitter still not implemented in the National League yet for 2021, the expectation is that Schwarber will play left field for the Nationals, with star Juan Soto shifting to right field. Schwarber struggled in 2020, hitting .188 with 11 homers, 24 RBIs and a .701 OPS in 59 games, but he was coming off two quality seasons before that. That included 2019, when Schwarber had 38 homers, 92 RBIs and an .871 OPS.
Schwarber joins first baseman Josh Bell as one of two big power bats that the Nations added this offseason to join Soto, Trea Turner and others. Washington was a bottom-10 team in 2020 in home runs, so adding more pop in the middle of the order was a goal.
Schwarber leaves the Cubs after hitting 121 home runs in 551 games with them. He'll forever be remembered for his triumphant return in the 2016 World Series, when he came back from a devastating knee injury that he suffered in the first week of the season that was expected to keep him out all year. Schwarber hit .412 in the World Series to help the Cubs break their long championship drought.