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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cubs reportedly have 2-year deal with Hairston

Moving to upgrade their right-handed-hitting outfield options, the Cubs apparently have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent Scott Hairston.
The signing, pending a physical, was reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night and not immediately confirmed by team officials.
.....He played all three outfield spots last year and could wind up platooning with left-handed hitter Nate Schierholtz in right field if Soriano isn’t traded and Brett Jackson doesn’t make the team. That would move David DeJesus to a corner spot.

It is reported to be a two year contract worth about $6 million.

SteveM. Posted: January 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chicago cubs, scott hairston

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4354203)
The Cubs are going to be a good contender for "best FA bargains signed" while winning 74 games.
   2. McCoy Posted: January 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4354220)
Yep, they are doing what I was worried about last year which is turn themselves into a BTF Wet Dream Team.
   3. SteveM. Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4354246)
Yes, but they aren't weighing themselves down with long term contracts (save for 4 years for Jackson), and none of these signings block a youngster. They had to do something after trotting out a team of dreck save for Castro and Rizzo in August and September.
   4. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4354249)
could wind up platooning with left-handed hitter Nate Schierholtz in right field if Soriano isn’t traded and Brett Jackson doesn’t make the team. That would move David DeJesus to a corner spot.

Um... So... RF: Schierholtz/Hairston platoon. Okay. Dejesus: Corner OF. Alright. Soriano: on the team. Jackson: Not on the team.

So Soriano is available to play CF?

Or is it supposed to mean L to R Soriano-Hairston-Dejesus vs LHP and Soriano-Dejesus-Schierholtz vs RHP?
   5. Walt Davis Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4354320)
The Run for 71 is in full swing now

I think they mean that Soriano off the team would put Jackson in CF and DeJesus in RF (so these guys in LF I guess) ... Jackson in CF would put DeJesus to a corner and now the Cubs have too many OFs. Most likely it just means that Jackson starts in AAA where he belongs.

I say we put him at 3B. What the heck, he can't be worse than Moreland or Bonilla or Guerrero right? He could be as good as Miguel Cabrera!
   6. SteveM. Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4354327)
Jackson is suppose to start the season at Iowa, working on actually making contact when he swings. I suspect it will be DeJesus who will be traded first as he only one year left on his contract. Though I also believe they would trade Soriano with the right offer, but that they are no longer in a hurry to do so since he played so well last year.
   7. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4354333)
Better than Delmon Young
   8. Walt Davis Posted: January 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4354574)
working on actually making contact when he swings.

Have they not read Moneyball?!!!?
   9. Knock on any Iorg Posted: January 25, 2013 at 03:46 AM (#4354693)
Jackson is suppose to start the season at Iowa, working on actually making contact when he swings.

That's great! Actual physical contact!! Can you move?

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