When the Chicago Cubs traded for first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the San Diego Padres, I was very excited about the power they would have in their lineup.
LaHair, who started the 2012 season as Chicago’s primary first baseman, would go onto becoming an All-Star. He slugged 16 home runs while recording 40 RBI’s with a batting line of .259/.334/.450 to finish the year with Chicago. Bryan was moved to right field after Anthony Rizzo was called up from Triple-A.
I had no idea that the team planned on designating the 2012 All-Star. But it was a move that the Cubs felt comfortable with, which eventually led to Bryan jumping ship to Japan. A couple Major League players have become house hold names in Japan, former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton being one of them.
Now according to Chris Cotillo on Twitter, the Japanese Softbank Hawks have released Bryan LaHair. He’s now a free agent and could be picking up some interest from Major League teams.
Japanese SoftBank Hawks have released Bryan LaHair, making him a free agent. Interesting 1B option for MLB clubs.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 23, 2014