According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, the Washington Nationals have signed Schwarber to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the contract is worth $10 million.
Washington’s signing of Schwarber comes after the Chicago Cubs announced their decision to non-tender the 27-year-old in December. After spending six years with the franchise, highlighted by a World Series title, he became a free agent.
Schwarber is best known for his 2016 World Series performance, helping Chicago end its 108-year drought. He returned from ACL and LCL injuries in his knee to slash .412/.500/.471.
The Nationals will hope Schwarber can return to his 2019 form after struggling at the plate in 2020. The outfielder slashed .188/.308/.393 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI during the pandemic-shortened season. During a career year in 2019, he had a .250/.339/.531 slash line with 38 home runs and 92 RBI.