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Report: Pirates sign Lonnie Chisenhall to one-year, $2.75 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall. Rosenthal adds that Chisenhall’s contract comes with performance conuses for reaching various plate appearance thresholds.

Chisenhall, 30, has spent the last eight years with the Indians. In 2018, he played in only 29 games due to injuries to both calves. When he was in the lineup, though, he hit, batting .321/.394/.452 in a small sample of 95 plate appearances.

Chisenhall has mostly played the outfield in recent years but played a lot of third base early in his career and has also spent time at first base, so he certainly offers the Pirates some versatility. Right fielder Gregory Polanco underwent shoulder surgery in September, so Chisenhall will handle that spot until Polanco is healthy.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.