Report: Cubs Trade Scott Hairston to Nationals for Minor League Pitcher

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs traded Scott Hairston to the Nationals for a minor league pitcher. Rosenthal did not announce the pitcher the Cubs would receive for Hairston but did indicate the deal would be announced on Monday morning.

Depending on the pitcher the Cubs receive in return from the Nationals, the Cubs 40-man roster will stand at 38 players once the trade is made official. The Cubs figure to add a right-handed hitting outfielder to the active roster prior to Monday night’s makeup game against the White Sox.

The Cubs signed Scott Hairston to two-year, $5 million contract in the off-season that included a $2 million incentives package for both the 2013 and 2014 season.

Scott Hairston hit .163/.225/.398/.623 with two doubles and eight home runs in 51 games. Hairston hit a go ahead pinch hit homer on Sunday in what will be his last at bat for the Cubs.

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  • paulcatanese

    Ha! Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. hit it out of the park and just keep going.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Very true, right now especially.

  • daverj

    And he was just starting to heat up with 2 HR this week …

    • TheWrongGuy

      That’s why the Nat’s wanted him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Paul Sullivan has confirmed Rosenthal’s report

    • RynoTiger

      and I can confirm Paul Sullivan’s report in case anyone needs me too.

  • daverj

    Will they give Schierholtz a chance to play every day now? The outfield crew is very left handed right now.

  • RynoTiger

    if an OF is called up, who is it? Does Ty Wright get added to the 40-man roster and called up? Darnell McDonald? or does Jeff Francouer get a deal and added to the 40-man?

    • daverj

      I highly doubt it’s Francouer. I hope it’s Lake, but if I had to guess, I’d say McDonald (who would need to be added to the 40 man).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Sullivan, the Cubs will receive a Single-A pitcher

  • Thomas D

    Its looking like it will be Donnie Murphy he was pulled in the AAA game.

    • RynoTiger

      uh..who? what are you talking about? Hairston was traded to the Nationals not the Mets.

      • Denver Mike

        DANIEL Murphy plays for the Mets. Donnie Murphy is in the Cubs minor league system. That is what he is talking about.

        • RynoTiger

          ah ha..I knew someone spiked my Lean Pocket tonight.

          I see Murphy is listed as a SS. Baseball reference has 2008 as the last time he played OF.

    • Tony_Hall

      He was removed after getting HBP.

  • Thomas D

    I just realized if it’s Murphy then they might have a deal in place for Ransom or Valbuena cause I can’t see them carrying 3 3rd basemans.

  • calicub

    As surprised as I am by this deal, i’m even more surprised his name hadn’t come up in the rumor mill with so many teams searching for RH power

    • calicub

      I hope the return is decnt b/c this team is now severely LH’d..

      God I hope darnell McDonald isn’t called up

      • Ripsnorter1

        I agree. Please don’t call up McDonald!

  • Tony_Hall

    Not sure they have to add an OF as they have played with a short bench for the infield for most of the season and have 5 OF’s on the roster still.

    I would say Lake or Watkins are coming up if they choose a prospect and both have been getting a little experience in the OF this year for the first time in the minors.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I think Watkins deserves a look…

      • Tony_Hall

        It’s going to be Brooks Raley

  • BosephHeyden

    Any return for a guy who barely played is a good return.

    • Tony_Hall

      Yes it is, plus it saved money from his contract and will open up a roster spot the rest of this year and next year. In essence they paid about $1.25M to have a veteran in the clubhouse, fill a short sided platoon role and end up bringing in a minor league bullpen arm. And this was making the most out of a FA pickup that didn’t work.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I just have to say that a lot of people are skeptical of the FO, but the fact they got more than a bag of balls for Hairston is very impressive. Thanks to the struggles of Castro and Rizzo, no one has even noticed how awful he’s been this year.