UPDATE: The deal is for one year and worth $7 million with $500,000 in incentives, according to Joel Sherman.
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with Joc Pederson, taking the power-hitting outfielder off of the free agency market, per Ken Rosenthal. Terms have not yet been disclosed.
Pederson can crush right-handed pitching, which means plenty of opportunities exist in the league. He spends most of his time in left field, but gets time in right field, and can still play some center in a pinch. The Cubs outfield currently includes Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner, ad Jason Heyward, and Pederson partially replaces Kyle Schwarber who signed with the Washington Nationals earlier this month.
Pederson is coming off a down year during the shortened 2020 campaign. In 43 games he had a slash line of .190/.285/.397 with 7 home runs, 16 RBIs, and 21 runs scored. The year prior he had career highs across a 149 games played. His slash line was .249/.339/.538 and he had 36 home runs with 74 RBIs and 83 runs scored.
Joc Pederson came up in the Dodgers system prior to being promoted to the major league roster in 2014, where he has spent the entirety of his seven-year MLB career.