The Yankees announced that outfielder Chris Denorfia has exercised his opt-out clause. Denorfia signed a minor league pact with the Yankees in early March that allowed him to exit the contract by the end of the month.
Denorfia, 36 in July, inked a one-year deal worth $2.6MM with the Cubs prior to the 2015 season. The veteran turned in a .269/.319/.373 slash line with three homers across 231 plate appearances, numbers that weren’t in line with the best work of his career. Still, he offers solid hitting against lefty pitching with a career .285/.353/.419 line in those situations.
Prior to his slide in 2014, Denorfia had a run of four solid seasons at the plate, and he was hoping to return to that form for the Bombers. Instead, he’ll presumably seek employment elsewhere with an eye on turning things around.