Former Cascade High star reaches a one-year deal with Cubs

Steven Souza Jr. agrees to a $1 million contract, but can earn an additional $2 million in bonuses

Cascade High School graduate Steven Souza Jr. has played for the Nationals, Rays and Diamondbacks in his six years in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Cascade High School graduate Steven Souza Jr. has played for the Nationals, Rays and Diamondbacks in his six years in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement Tuesday on a one-year, $1 million contract with outfielder Steven Souza Jr.

The deal includes the possibility of $2 million in bonuses based on plate appearances and days on the active roster.

Souza, a graduate of Cascade High School, sustained serious injuries during spring training in each of the past two seasons. He tore his right pectoral muscle in 2018 and missed about eight weeks of the regular season. He tore multiple ligaments in his left knee during a Cactus League game last March, sidelining him for the year.

The 30-year-old Souza hit .239 with 30 homers, 78 RBI and 16 steals for Tampa Bay in 2017 before he was acquired by Arizona in a three-team trade. He became a free agent in December when the Diamondbacks declined to offer him a 2020 contract.

Souza made his his major-league debut in 2014 with Washington. He is a .233 career hitter with 70 homers and 198 RBI in 471 career games.

Under his contract with the Cubs, Souza would receive an additional $50,000 for 200 plate appearances, $75,000 for 250, $125,000 for 300, $150,000 for 350 and $200,000 each for 400, 450 and 500 plate. He also would earn $200,000 apiece for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days on the active major-league roster.

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