By Matt Noonan
The first day of 2015 will go down as an important date in Wheaton College (Mass.) history as Chris Denorfia – an alum and former member of the Lyons’ baseball team from 1999-2002 – has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to reports.
On Wednesday, December 31, FOX Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Denorfia was conversing with the ball club about a one-year deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014
Additional tweets and reports about the acquisition followed, but on Thursday, January 1, the Chicago Tribune tweeted and confirmed that the Cubs had signed the former San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners outfielder.
— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) January 1, 2015
Prior to the Chicago Tribune‘s post about the signing, John Baker – a former catcher for the Cubs – initially broke the news of the signing, which was picked up by various media outlets, including Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Chris Denorifa to the @cubs ? Deno is one of my favorite teammates of all time! The Cubs fans are going to love him. Enjoy him Chicago.
— John Baker (@manbearwolf) December 31, 2014
Denorfia entered the majors as a member of Cincinnati Reds in 2005. He played in 18 games and made 44 plate appearances, recording 10 hits, three doubles, one home run, two RBI, and one stolen base. He also played for the Oakland A’s (2008, 2009), Padres (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), but was traded last summer to the Mariners (2014).
In nine years in the majors, he’s recorded 271 runs, 530 hits, 92 doubles, 16 triples, 38 home runs, 178 RBI and 56 stolen bases.