The Cubs have signed outfielder Chris Denorfia to a one-year deal. In a season of weird scoops, this news was first reported by everyone's favorite ex-backup catcher/relief pitcher John Baker. It has since been confirmed by Ken Rosenthal. The deal is dependent upon Denorfia passing a physical. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for $2.5 million.
The 34 year-old Denorfia spent most of his career with the Padres, until he was traded to the Mariners at the trade deadline last season. He's coming off what is easily the worst season of his career with a combined .230/.284/.318 line between the two teams. But his career triple-slash line is a very respectable .272/.331/.394, especially when one considers that most of that line was put up in spacious Petco Park. The Cubs are no doubt counting on Denorfia returning to his 2012-13 form.
Denorfia does one thing well and that's hit left-handers. He's been a platoon player for most of his career and his line against left-handed pitching is an impressive .292/.358/.430. Again, those numbers are mostly from Petco Park. As a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, he makes an excellent platoon partner for Chris Coghlan.
Defensively, Denorfia is considered to be a solid corner outfielder who can play center field in a pinch.
Denorfia also comes with the John Baker seal of approval as far as being a positive presence in the clubhouse, as noted by his initial Tweet.
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
Denorfia was also a fan favorite in San Diego for his all-out style and hustle.
If this is indeed a major league signing, there will have to be a move made to the 40 man roster as it is currently full.