The Washington Nationals awarded outfielder Kyle Schwarber a season-long contract on Saturday.
According to the MLB.com website, the 27-year-old will receive $ 10 million.
Schwarber had his worst season in 2020, his sixth in major league baseball, all played with the Chicago Cubs. He maintained a poor average of 188, hitting 11 home runs.
By comparison, the Ohio native had excelled in 2019 by maintaining a punch level of .250 while hitting 38 long balls, two personal heights. He also won the World Series with the Cubs in 2016.
Schwarber said he was ready to return to his former form with the Nationals.
“When I spoke on the phone with Mike Rizzo [le directeur général des Nationals]”I told him, ‘I’m not going to start the season as if it were a one-season contract,” Schwarber said at a video conference on Saturday. “I will present myself and give you everything I have, and I will play as it has been five years since I have been in the organization and have many good years ahead. I will be involved in it. The goal of winning.” “
Schwarber said the presence of manager Dave Martinez played a part in his decision to join the Nationals. The two had worked together when Martinez was part of Cub’s coaching staff.
“Davey had a big influence on me,” the new player added to his new manager. I think it’s a perfect marriage. I’m excited to be here and play for Davey. ”
The Washington Nationals hope to repeat their business in 2019 when they win the World Series. In December, the US capital formation acquired another powerhouse, Josh Bell, in a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.