The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia, pending a physical. Jon Heyman reports that the value of the contract is about $2.5MM. Here’s the initial report:
Chris Denorifa to the @cubs ? Deno is one of my favorite teammates of all time! The Cubs fans are going to love him. Enjoy him Chicago.
— John Baker (@manbearwolf) December 31, 2014
The 34 year-old is expected to provide depth for all three outfield positions and is likely to see a lot of playing time against lefties. Over the past three seasons Denorfia has hit .284 against lefties with an slugging percentage of .434. He also loves to hit at Wrigley, batting .339 in 19 games.
His best season came in 2013 with the San Diego Padres, hitting .279 and leading the team in runs. He was a key fill-in when former Chicago Whitesock Carlos Quentin was placed on the disabled list.
The move will put the Cubs over the 40-man roster limit so either a trade is imminent or the Cubs will have to part with someone on the roster. Catcher Welington Castillo has been made expendable thanks to the signing of Miguel Montero and David Ross, while the outfield has eight possible guys who could play there on the roster before the Denorfia signing.
The announcement of the contract is pending a physical plus a 40-man roster move.