It turns out the Cubs aren't done adding outfielders after all. They reached a 2 year deal with Scott Hairston, who gives them some power and a RH bat off the bench. The 32 year old should give them some versatilty as he is able to play all OF positions, though he is best suited for the corners.
UPDATE: The 2 year deal will be worth up to $6M, which seems to indicate there are some performance incentives. If so, not a bad deal.
Last year, Hairston put up a slash line of .263/.299/.504. The number that stands out there is that slugging percentage. He had a career high 20 HRs last year but has actually been a good power hitter the last two years with ISO rates of .235 and .241, respectively. Injuries derailed him in 2011.
The most likely scenario right now seems like a platoon with Nate Schierholz, which has some nice power potential for RF. Hairston had an .867 OPS vs. LHP last season.
The OBP is hard to like but overall Hairston can help the Cubs and take some of the pressure of Soriano and Castro vs. LHP. It's that last reason that makes this deal worthwhile, in my opinion.
The Cubs now have Soriano, DeJesus, Schierholz penciled in from LF to RF with Scott Hairston and Dave Sappelt getting some time vs. LHP.
As far as a roster move is concerned it's getting harder to envision that the Cubs will have a spot for Tony Campana. Despite the hero's welcome at the convention, the Cubs may part ways because of his inability to get on base consistently.
Will have more as details come in...
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