The outfielder once looked like a future cornerstone player but he has fallen off in recent seasons. Last year, Tabata’s struggles resulted in him being outrighted off the 40-man roster. In 41 plate appearances this year, Tabata hit just .289/.341/.289. He fared much better in Triple-A, however, slashing .352/.422/.396 with eleven walks against just eight strikeouts over 102 turns at the plate.
Tabata’s deal calls for him to earn the prorated portion of $4MM this year and $4.5MM next season under the early-career extension that he signed. Back in May, GM Neal Huntington indicated that 2015 could have been Tabata’s final year in Pittsburgh.