Multiple outlets are reporting that the Diamondbacks have inked outfielder, Kole Calhoun. The contract is a two-year deal with a third year option. The deal guarantees $16 million over the two years. The option year is for $9 million with a $2 million buyout.
Calhoun is a 32-year-old left-handed batter with decent chops at the plate. Over the course of his career he has posted a 105 OPS+. In 2019 he posted a slightly higher mark at 108. For the 2019 season, Calhoun, accrued 2.5 fWAR while launching a career-high 33 home runs across 632 plate appearances. While Calhoun did strike out a personal-high 25.6 percent of the time, he also drew a career high walk rate of 11.1 percent. Those marks could potentially be improved upon if the Diamondbacks find a way to protect Calhoun from his platoon splits against left-handed pitching which, while not terrible, are still somewhat of a hindrance.
Calhoun has also received decent marks defensively, meaning the team should easily see an upgrade in corner defense over that turned in during the 2019 campaign. Defensive Runs Saved rated Calhoun a minus-1 mark in right field last season, but for his career, he has posted a +12 mark. Meanwhile, Ultimate Zone Rating was more fond of his most recent performance in right +5.1 in 2019, (+30.0 career).
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