Denorfia signed a minor league contract with the Giants on Thursday, Andrew Baggarly reports. Denorfia will first head to extended spring training before joining the Triple-A team. The 34-year-old veteran played in 103 games for the Cubs in 2015, hitting .269/.319/.373 with three home runs and 18 RBI and could serve as outfield depth for the Giants at some point this season.
Denorfia opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees on Sunday and will become a free agent. The non-roster invitee was aiming to win a reserve outfield spot for the Yankees, but a .200/.259/.320 batting line over his 27 plate appearances in spring training proved to be his undoing. The 35-year-old will see if he can find a clearer path to the majors with another organization.
Denorfia agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday. While it took Denorfia until spring training to find a home, he landed in a favorable spot, as he joins an outfield competition that includes two switch-hitters and only left-handed hitters otherwise. He will work as a reserve outfielder for the Yankees if he makes the cut.
Left fielder Chris Denorfia will hop back into the lineup for the Cubs on Monday, landing sixth in the team's lineup as they take on the Rockies. Denorfia has alternated starts with fellow outfielder Chris Coghlan and Denorfia might have gotten the nod Monday simply due to experience against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. While Denorfia is hitting just .250 against De La Rosa, he does have 24 plate appearances against the veteran pitcher, far more than anyone else in the young Cubs' lineup.
Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 73 games this year, including five of the last six. Chris Denorfia replaces Coghlan in left for the 12th time this season.
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