APRIL 7: It’s a big league deal for Marisnick, according to the club’s transactions log at MLB.com. Fellow outfielder Greg Allen has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a left hamstring issue in a corresponding move. Pittsburgh also designated righty Adonis Medina for assignment to create room on the 40-man for catcher Andrew Knapp, who signed a one-year deal
APRIL 6: The Pirates have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Jake Marisnick, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Twitter link). Marisnick, a client of Reynolds Sports Management, was in camp with the Rangers but became a free agent yesterday.
Marisnick, 31, split the 2021 season between the Cubs and Padres, batting a combined .216/.286/.375 through 198 trips to the plate. The longtime Astros outfielder has never been known for his offensive prowess, however, and instead provides the bulk of his value with the glove and on the basepaths. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, Marisnick boasts a whopping 75 Defensive Runs Saved and an impressive 41 Outs Above Average in 4929 career innings in the outfield. He’s also swiped 77 bases in 105 tries (73.3%).
Details on the signing aren’t yet clear, but if it’s a big league deal, Marisnick will give the Bucs a true fourth outfielder and a right-handed-hitting complement to lefty-swinging left fielder Ben Gamel — something they’d previously lacked. Marisnick can also back up any of the team’s current outfielders should they need a breather, and he’s an ideal option to come into the game as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch-runner in a key spot.