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.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.