Cubs reportedly agree to sign former Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick
|Thursday, February 11, 2021, 9:29 AM- -|
The Chicago Cubs continue to fill out their roster before the start of spring training.
Former Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick has agreed to a $1.5 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday morning, according to multiple reports.
It will pay him a guaranteed $1 million in 2021 with a $4 million option in 2022 or a $500K buyout.
The deal is pending a physical.
In 2020, the 29-year-old hit .333 with four runs and five RBIs in 34 total at-bats. He hit .233 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs with the Astros in 2019.
His best season offensively came in 2017 when the right-hander hit .243 with 16 homers in 259 plate appearances.
For his career, he is a .229 hitter with a .666 OPS in eight seasons.
Defensively, he is very versatile as he can play center field and cover the corners at an excellent clip. Overall, he broke into the major leagues in 2013, he has +71 defensive runs saved and +39 outs above average.
Interestingly, Marisnick has a very similar baseball profile as former Cubs player Albert Almora Jr. who is now taking Marisnick's spot for the Mets.
More than likely, Marisnick will be a late-game defensive replacement type for some added defense in close games and get the rare start or two during the season.
He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft.
The competition for two bench spots on the Cubs will probably be between Marisnick, Matt Duffy, and Phil Ervin.
The Cubs 40-man roster is already set at 40, so there should be a roster move forthcoming.
Since coming into the league in 2013, Jake Marisnick has +71 defensive runs saved and +39 Outs Above Average. That’ll play. #Cubs— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) February 11, 2021