Lonnie Chisenhall to sign one-year-deal with Pirates

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall is signing a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates according to multiple reports.

Ken Rosenthal from the Athletic provided the contract details on Monday night:


It’s a full circle moment for the 30-year-old as he was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 11th round of the amateur draft back in 2006 but opted not to sign with him.

He eventually was drafted by Cleveland in the first round of the 2008 draft and spent the last decade with the organization.

Chisenhall started as a third baseman and made his major league debut in June of 2011. He split time there with Jack Hanahan before becoming the starter in 2013.

He started his transition to the outfield in the 2015 season and made right field his home for the last several seasons.

In eight major league seasons with the Indians, Chisenhall was a .268 hitter with 64 home runs, 296 runs batted in, a .320 on base percentage, .427 slugging percentage and a .747 OPS.

His best season came in 2014 when he played in 142 games, hit for .280 with 29 doubles, 13 home runs, 59 runs batted in.

Unfortunately the last two seasons were plagued by calf injuries.

He was limited to 82 games in the 2017 season and only 29 games in 2018 due to those injuries when it seemed he was going to hit his prime as a major league player.

In those 111 games between 2017-18, he was hitting .297 with a .872 OPS.

Now he’ll try to revive his career in Pittsburgh which has an temporary opening in right field with Gregory Polanco rehabbing after should surgery and expected to be out until at least mid-April.


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