Outfielder Denorfia complete $2.6M, 1-year deal with Cubs
JAN 9, 9:58p ET | AP
Rotowire: Mar 26 / 1:52p ET
News: Denorfia is nursing a sore hamstring and manager Joe Maddon said his Opening Day availability is in jeopardy, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Denorfia hasn't played in an official spring game in over a week -- he did make an appearance in a "B" game back on the 21st -- and this explains why. With Denorfia in danger of missing the start of the year as a result of the injury, Junior Lake could be a dark horse to make the team and earn some starts against left-handed pitching early on.
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 7:22p ET
News: Though Denorfia appears to be a lock to make the Cubs, he hasn't played in a Cactus League game in over a week.
Impact: No injury has been reported, but Denorfia's last appearance in an "A-squad" game came on Mar. 17. Though he could find himself in a platoon with Chris Coghlan this year and is a veteran, it would be nice to see him actually get into some games in the final weeks of the exhibition season.
Rotowire: Dec 31 / 11:28a ET
News: Denorfia has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cubs, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Impact: On a team like the Cubs, good veterans are important in a clubhouse to show the rookies and second-year players how to be professionals, and that will likely be Denorfia's primary role. He has a .292 career average against lefties, and is capable of playing all three outfield spots, but it is in the Cubs' best interest to give most of the at-bats to the young pieces on the roster, meaning Denorfia will likely start the majority of games in 2015 in the dugout.