The Cubs had a one-year deal in place with outfielder Chris Denorfia in place on New Year’s Eve and made it official today, per the club’s official Twitter. Denorfia will earn $2.6 million in 2015 and can earn an additional $400,000 in incentives.
Denorfia, 34, had the worst offensive season of his career in 2014, posting a .612 OPS in 268 plate appearances for the Padres before being sent to the Mariners at the trade deadline. In Seattle, he compiled a .573 OPS in 90 plate appearances. The Cubs are likely to limit Denorfia to left-handed pitching as his career OPS is over 110 points higher against them than against right-handers.
Regardless of his production with the bat, Denorfia has value since he has a significant amount of experience at all three outfield positions and plays above-average defense.