The Chicago Cubs have been in many MLB trade rumors lately. They’ve been involved in discussions about an extension or trade for pitcher Matt Garza, as well as trades involving Alfonso Soriano. But right now, we focus on former Cubs outfielder Scott Hairston.
On Monday, the Cubs traded Hairston to the Washington Nationals for a prospect, Ivan Pineyro, a right-handed Triple-A pitcher. Pineyro has a 6-3 record with a 3.14 ERA, in just 15 games this season.
The Cubs signed Hairston to a 2 year, $5 million deal just last winter, but it’s apparent that it just didn’t work out. His work thus far this season has certainly proved that, with a measly .172 batting average and eight home runs in 99 at bats.
An article from the Chicago Tribune read,
Hairston, a third-round pick of Arizona in 2001 when current Nats GM Mike Rizzo was the team’s scouting director, will fill a bench role with the Nationals.
Obviously Rizzo saw something in Hairston 12 years ago, and apparently still sees something in him now. It’s been said that Hairston will fill a bench role with the Nats, but maybe this new team will boost his performance as Washington tries to get out of a hole, 4 games out of first place in the NL East.