Report: Cubs in Agreement on Two-Year Contract with Scott Hairston

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are in agreement with Scott Hairston on a two-year contract. Rosenthal indicated the deal is pending a physical and did not report the terms.

Scott Hairston was reportedly looking for a two-year, $8 million contract.

Updated 10:03pm CSTAccording to Bruce Levine, the two-year deal includes an incentives package and Scott Hairston can earn up to $6 million over the two contract.

Reports in recent days indicated that there was mutual interest between the Cubs and Scott Hairston. Hairston fills the Cubs’ desire to have a right-handed bat in the outfield that can hit southpaws.

Scott Hairston hit .263/.299/.504/.803 with 25 doubles, three triples and 20 home runs in 134 games with the Mets last season … but against lefties, Hairston his .286/.317/.550/.867 with 17 doubles and 11 home runs.

Scott Hairston’s Page on Baseball Reference

Scott Hairston and Jed Hoyer have a relationship from their time together in San Diego and his brother Jerry Hairston Jr. thought Scott might sign with the Cubs.

If Ken Rosenthal’s report is accurate, the Cubs will have to clear another spot on the 40-man roster before officially adding Scott Hairston to the team. The Cubs currently have 40 players on the roster and contracts pending with Carlos Villanueva and Scott Hairston.

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  • brent carmona

    I’m so confused, who goes off the 40 man and where is Jackson going to play when he is ready? Hairston will be pretty inexpensive, so I don’t really have a problem w the signing. He’s not an on base kind of guy, which is also confusing. There’s gotta be a trade brewing soon, and/or campana and rusin are coming off the 40 man I’m guessing.

    • Cubs4ever

      I agree. They almost have to move someone. Dave Sappelt cannot be happy tonight.

      • daverj

        Sappelt will platoon with DeJesus in center.

    • mutantbeast

      Hairstons OBP last year was.299, but he did have 20 hrs playing half his games in Citi Field. If he hits .270 with 20 hrs, hes worth 4 mill.

  • John_CC

    Wow. That would be unexpected.

  • brent carmona

    Saw this on twitter: hairston .241 iso in 2012, higher than all cubs past season. Not too shabby….

  • Neil

    Just updated … Levine is reporting that the deal includes an incentives package and Hairston can earn up to $6 million over the two-year contract.

  • GaryLeeT

    Not really the kind of singing that backs up the FO’s convention talk.

    • John_CC

      I agree. But the OF picture for this season is dim. Now I really look for Soriano to be dealt, maybe DeJesus. But if that doesn’t happen quick, in some sort of multi player trade, Campana has got to be gone.

      Doesn’t he?

      • SuzyS

        Trading Soriano is not that easy…probably have to see what happens with Upton/Kubel/Bourn first.
        Unless there is a trade…I don’t see Campana surviving.

        • John_CC

          I never said it was easy, Suzy. But as Aaron noted below, it sure seems like there is something in the works.

        • mutantbeast

          Well, J Upton is joining his brother in Atlanta. Kubel likely now stays in Az-Bourn will have to come way down on his demands before someone signs him. Sori will likely be here until mid summer.

  • Aaron

    I’d say that if a trade is not in the works, here are the most likely to be DFA’d:
    Lendy Castillo
    Raley and Rusin also rank up there, but the Cubs have no other MLB-ready lefties, so they might survive the 40-man re-shuffling

    • SuzyS

      Maybe not Clevenger…we don’t have that much catching depth in the system.
      I agree about Raley and Rusin…even though their numbers weren’t good last year….Lefty pitching is such a commodity…they would be scooped up.
      Overall, Hairston is a smart signing but underwhelming.

      • calicub

        I agree on clevenger. Not having 3 catchers on the 25 man is one thing but if clevenger is taken, only having 2 on the 40 man with no internal options and a weak market is a scary concept. I think they hired Koyie Hill for 2 weeks last year for similar reasons…

        Also with that weak market and the start to the season Clevenger had before the flu impressed some

        • SuzyS

          Well said.

      • Aaron

        I don’t know if I agree RE: your take on the Clevenger situation.

        The Cubs not only have Castillo and Navarro, but they have Brenly, Lopez, and Gibbs on the depth chart at AA/AAA. Then, they have lifers like Boscan and Fernanez at AAA. I don’t think they’ll miss Clevenger, especially if he can be included in a deal.

        Raley and Rusin have value for sure, as lefties, but who knows what the market really is for guys like them.

        Campana, L. Castillo, and a few others….not so much. Clevenger might have some value as a lefty catcher, but he finished very poorly, and doesn’t have much defensive value. Is he versatile? Sure, he has experience in the IF, but he’s not above average at anything. I was a huge advocate for giving the guy a chance, but look at who they just signed for back-up this offseason in Navarro. Who would you rather have? It’s no contest. And by next year, Lopez, Brenly, Rosario, Gibbs, etc. will have hopefully taken another step forward. You might as well try to get value for him now.

        The Cubs need to clear 2 roster spots right now. One for Villanueva and one for Hairston. (I actually disagree with this signing somewhat, as I feel Sappelt could’ve provided about the same as Hairston, saving a roster spot in doing so, and played better OF defense). I’m not going to complain much about it, because who can argue with Hairston’s power….

        Now, if the Cubs want to add Carpenter, it’s next to impossible without a blockbuster deal.

        This signing ONLY makes sense at this point if Soriano, DeJesus (or both) are traded. Otherwise, why pay a guy that kind of money to ride the pine?

        My gut tells me trade, or Campana/Sappelt is DFA’d. They already have Jackson on the 40-man, so they can afford to do that.

        • SuzyS

          Aaron, Castillo hasn’t proven he can stay healthy an entire season yet…I love Navarro as his back up…but I still think its way to early to dfa any catchers…although you might be right.

          I do see Hairston as insurance against a Soriano trade…If a trade is not imminent now…Sori will be on the block all season.
          Hairston’s contract seems a little high.

          There’s another shoe to drop…lets see what happens.

    • daverj

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Campana is dealt for a low level middle reliever who doesn’t need to be on the 40 man. There is likely a contending team out there that could use Campana as a 25th man for speed off the bench.

      I see Rusin as the other guy to go. He might even pass through waivers.

  • daverj

    I haven’t done the math yet, but I’d venture to guess that the statistical history of Schierholz vs righties and Hairston vs lefties would project to make a very good rightfielder. Going to take a look now …

    • daverj

      Just looked … based on last year, it’s a platoon with a combined OPS over .825. We could be looking at a .270-.280 average and 20-25 HR out of rightfield. Not bad for about 5 million in 2013.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks. I always appreciate the sabermetric belief that an avid fan must do the dirty work and dig in. :-)

    • mutantbeast

      If they play in a strict platoon, I can see 25/90 with a OPS north of .800. That would be good numbers.

  • triple

    The Cubs depth has been upgraded tremendously from last season! I guess we’ll find out soon who the FO really believes in at the bottom of the 40 man roster. Campana is probably a goner, and I wonder about Lendy Castillo? I don’t think they’ll be able to trade any of those guys away for other mid level prospects because most team’s GMs will know that they can just hold out and pick them up when the Cubs try to pass them through waivers. Either that or they got something in the works that involves Soriano or Marmol, and maybe throwing in the likes of Campana, Sappelt, or Clevenger to get a better return… thoughts?

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  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s simple: DFA VALBUENA.

    I am sure that most of MLB is looking to pick up a .199 hitter with no power or speed.

    • Theboardrider

      It might not be the best choice to DFA Campana but if he goes I don’t believe we will ever think twice about him. He may have one game where he gets 5 steals or something and we get a brief “Fuld,” like moment but Campana is an afterthought. Would he be nice to have? Sure. Will he be missed? Absolutely not…

  • Tony_Hall

    Who to cut?
    Pitchers – Lendy Castillo, Brooks Raley

    Batters – Tony Campana

    That’s really it.

    Raley and Rusin are kind of redundant and one can be waived and if claimed it’s ok. Castillo may clear waivers, so it would be a calculated risk. Campana would likely be claimed by a team that could use his legs as a 25th man.

    Others that get mentioned I just don’t see.
    Valbuena – He’s going to be a utility guy on this team.
    Clevenger – band-aide short term fix, that will require another catcher to be added.
    Sappelt – He’s going to be one of the 5 OF’s.

    But once again, it looks like a trade would be the best way, but I don’t think it is going to happen.

    • mutantbeast

      Im with you on Raley(soft-tosser w/o control, a bad combo) or Castillo(likely to never cut it). Campana , while not a ML starter, does have some value.

      • Tony_Hall

        We only need to pick 2 of the 3, so that should work.

        But I believe I would do Campana and Castillo for now and Raley soon enough. We will need at least 1 roster spot for the 2nd utility infielder and most likely one spot for the bullpen to also be cleared before opening day.

  • Theboardrider

    Prado traded to the D-Backs. Would he make sense as a 3rd baseman for the Cubs?

    • SuzyS

      Looks like Az is extending him…so we don’t have to worry about him.

  • Matt_Larson

    Dave Sappelt just deactivated his Twitter account. Feel bad for the guy, really liked him. Excited about the addition of Hairston though! Got some good power vs. lefties…something the Cubs roster desperately needs.

    • John_CC

      You feel bad for him because he deactivated his twitter account? I feel very good for him!

      • Matt_Larson

        No, I was just speculating that he probably did because people were tweeting him or about him saying he was going to get the boot. I liked him for the short time he was playing at the end.

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