The Cubs have reportedly acquired versatile free-agent outfielder Chris Denorfia on one-year deal, pending a physical, according to FoxSports.com and one of his former teammates, John Baker. The Cubs have not confirmed the signing.
CBS Sports reported Tuesday that Denorfia has signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract that includes $400,000 in incentives.
Baker, a free-agent catcher who appeared in 68 games last season with the Cubs, tweeted from his Twitter account (@manbearwolf): "Chris Denorfia to the @Cubs ? Deno is one of my favorite teammates of all time! The Cubs fans are going to love him. Enjoy him Chicago."
The two were teammates in San Diego from 2012-13.
Denorfia, 34, spent parts of five seasons with the Padres, mostly serving in a platoon role in the outfield, before being traded to the Mariners last season for a pair of Minor Leaguers. Denorfia had a down year statistically in 2014. His .230 batting average and .602 OPS were career lows.
Denorfia still has good enough range on defense to play all three outfield spots and his career average stands at .272 with a .725 OPS, so the Cubs could plan to use him against left-handers.
Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.