Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday that they had signed free-agent outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on a one-year deal. Chisenhall, who spent his entire MLB career with the Cleveland Indians, reportedly agreed to a $2.75 million salary.
The move was confirmed on Pirates’ official social media.
OFFICIAL: The Pirates have agreed to terms with free agent OF Lonnie Chisenhall on a one-year deal for the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/DKawCOVGd6
— Pirates (@Pirates) November 27, 2018
In order to make room for Chisenhall on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have made pitcher Alex McRae designated for assignment. McRae was called up to the majors back in June and played a total of two games with the team.
“Lonnie Chisenhall adds an experienced, productive and versatile player to our Major League Team,” – said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington in a statement. “When healthy, Lonnie has been a quality hitter while offering defensive flexibility. He also provides us an immediate option in right field while Gregory Polanco is getting healthy and his abilities and versatility will make our club better once Polanco returns.”
During the eight years he played for Indians, Lonnie Chisenhall played first and third base but was primarily used as an outfielder for the past two seasons. He played 29 games in 2018, managing .321 batting average with one home run and 9 RBI.
Chisenhall’s MLB career stats include .321 batting average, 64 home runs, and 296 RBI in 688 games played.