The Washington Nationals signed outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a minor league contract, the team announced Monday.

Schierholtz became a free agent on Aug. 13 after he cleared waivers. Schierholtz was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 6.

Schierholtz will be assigned to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League.

Schierholtz is a .254 career hitter with 117 doubles, 51 home runs and 224 RBIs in 776 career games with the Cubs (2013-14), Philadelphia Phillies (2012) and San Francisco Giants (2007-2012).

Earlier this season, he tallied 19 extra-base hits (10 doubles, three triples, six home runs) in 99 games for the Cubs.

A left-handed hitter, the 30-year-old Schierholtz is one season removed from his finest offensive campaign. In 2013, his first year with the Cubs, he hit .251 and established career highs in home runs (21), doubles (32), extra-base hits (56), RBIs (68) and runs scored (56).