Pirates to Sign Outfielder Jake Marisnick

According to Jason Mackey, the Pittsburgh Pirates are signing veteran outfielder Jake Marisnick as a free agent. He went to Spring Training with the Texas Rangers this year as a minor league free agent, but he hit just .160/.222/.400 in 27 plate appearances and got released. Last year, the 31-year-old Marisnick hit .216/.286/.375 in 99 games split between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. He’s a career .228/.282/.384 hitter in 800 games over nine seasons, with almost all of his value coming from his defense in center field, which is rated slightly below average over the last two seasons combined (-0.1 dWAR).

The Pirates are expected to put Greg Allen on the injured list before tomorrow’s opener, with the only holdup being whether or not he will go on the 10-day or 60-day IL. If he goes on the 10-day, the Pirates will have to make two roster moves to open up 40-man space for Marisnick (I’m assuming he’s headed to the majors) and catcher Andrew Knapp. Those moves will fill out the 28-man roster for the opener.

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