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Kyle Schwarber signs free agent deal with Nationals

3 years agoTony Andracki

A reunion is not in the cards for Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs — at least not in 2021.

The slugger signed a one-year pact with the Washington Nationals Saturday morning and is set to make $10 million.

The Cubs opted not to tender Schwarber a contract in December, but left the door open for a possibility that he would return to Chicago. Instead, he will head to the nation’s capital to reunite with Starlin Castro, his former teammate as a rookie on the 2015 Cubs.

Schwarber will turn 28 in March and hit 121 home runs with an .816 OPS over his six-year Cubs career. He batted .188 with a .701 OPS in 2020, finishing second on the team with 11 homers.

After the signing with Washington was made official, Schwarber took to Twitter to thank Chicago:

Fans will always remember him for his heroics in the 2015 playoffs and his incredible recovery from a devastating knee injury in 2016 to spark the offense in the World Series.

“He’s always going to be a Cubs legend,” Jed Hoyer said in December. “There’s no question about that, as he should be.”

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