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Will the Cubs give Triple-A MVP Bryan LaHair a chance?

Sep 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Bryan LaHair was called up from Triple-A after rosters expanded on September 1 and has gone 3-for-8 with a double through his first two starts, but will the Cubs give an extended opportunity to the 29-year-old Pacific Coast League MVP?

LaHair started in left field Sunday and at first base yesterday, but with Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Pena entrenched at those positions his playing time down the stretch figures to be sporadic. However, with Pena an impending free agent the Cubs could decide to sit him in favor of LaHair, who hit .331 with 38 homers and 38 doubles in 129 games at Triple-A and would be a much cheaper alternative for 2012.

Pena turned down a trade to the Yankees and has said he wants to re-sign with the Cubs, but do they want him back for this season’s $10 million salary or would turning to LaHair for about $350,000 make more sense?

Huge numbers in the hitter-friendly PCL from a 29-year-old career minor leaguer hardly guarantees that LaHair would be a productive regular in the majors, but he’s batted .297 with an .897 OPS in 653 career games at Triple-A and … well, the Cubs could certainly use that $10 million to address some other issues.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune “the organization appears to be leaning toward” re-signing Pena, in which case LaHair will probably be headed back to Triple-A for the sixth straight season.

  1. yankeesgameday - Sep 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Strange. Sounds like the kind of prospect the Yankees usually trade to help keep their major league team a winner every year, but the cubs just seem content to waste this kid’s life while not helping their team win any line of meaningful games. It’s a shame for everyone all around.

  2. normb11 - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I don’t f#*king get it!!!
    How can the organization be leaning towards keeping him when they don’t have a GM?!?!?!

    Re: Yankeesgameday, they are not really wasting him. He was a free agent the last two years but no one wanted him and he chose to sign back with the Cubs.
    But still, give the guy a chance!

  3. bravesman1983 - Sep 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    If it’s the smart thing to do, the Cubs probably won’t do it. Seems like a logical line of thinking to me.

  4. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    I would say lets give him a chance. In left field. Its time someone had the balls to tell Alfonso Soriano and his 18 mil contract to grab some pine. What would we lose by benching Sori and seeing what LaHair can do?

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Well, the 2 run game tying HR in the bottom of the 9th should convince them to give him some more time.

  6. Graves - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    I’ve got to agree with normb11 up there, if they’re running sans GM how do they make a decision like that now? Let the new guy make the call on the overpriced hacker at first base.

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