Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia has signed a one-year contract with the Cubs.
Denorfia struggled for the Padres and Mariners in 2014 and is 34 years old, but he’s generally been a very productive part-time player with a decent bat, enough range to play all three outfield spots, and plus speed.
He’s a career .272 hitter with a .725 OPS and has fared particularly well versus left-handed pitching.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.