Pirates Sign Outfielder/3B Lonnie Chisenhall to One-Year Deal

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Pirates Sign Outfielder/3B Lonnie Chisenhall to One-Year Deal

Chicago Cubs

A former Indian who was plagued by a calf injury in 2018 but offers offensive upside, signing a one-year deal today. Boom, I just made a total parallel between Josh Donaldson and Lonnie Chisenhall. Didn’t see that coming, did you?

Chisenhall, 30, is a long-time Indians outfielder/3B (mostly outfielder at this point) who has battled injuries and inconsistency in the big leagues. There’s a lot of talent there, as evidenced by his lofty .297/.368/.503 slash line the last two years (128 wRC+). But that slash line comes in just 365 plate appearances, which is why his deal is modest, and incentive-laden:

Still, this is a very nice low-risk move for the Pirates, who could be backing their way into a very productive bat that can play passably in a corner outfield spot – which is nice, because Gregory Polanco could miss a big chunk of next year after shoulder surgery.

Bonus: if Chisenhall fills in for Polanco, it would be two outfielders who’ve helped the Cubs win games by completely biffing in the outfield.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.