Cubs reportedly sign outfielder Joc Peterson


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Pederson is a slugging left fielder (Kevin Jairaj - USA Today Sports)
Pederson is a slugging left fielder (Kevin Jairaj - USA Today Sports)

This should be some good news for most Cubs fans.

The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement on a one-year, $7 million deal with free-agent outfielder Joc Pederson on Friday, according to multiple reports including Ken Rosenthal.

The deal is pending a physical and no financial information has been disclosed.

Pederson will likely be slotted in left field to replace the absence of Kyle Schwarber who was signed this offseason by the Washington Nationals.

In 2020, the 28-year-old hit .190 with 7 homers and 16 RBIs in 121 at-bats. However, he got hot in the postseason hitting .382 with two home runs.

In the full season back in 2019, Pederson hit .249 with 36 homers.

He is a .230 hitter with 130 total homers with 303 RBIs and .806 OPS for his career.

If Pederson can return to his 2019 form, the Cubs will have a slugger at the bottom of their order to protect some of their other hitters in the lineup.

He is also a little better defender than Schwarber was as he has some experience playing centerfield as well as his customary left field spot.

More to come on this breaking story.

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