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Cubs make two-year, $5 million contract official with Scott Hairston and DFA Tony Campana

Feb 10, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have finalized their two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Scott Hairston and designated Tony Campana for assignment to clear roster room.

Hairston will get regular playing time in right field this season in Chicago after batting .263 with a solid .803 OPS and a career-high 20 home runs across 398 plate appearances last season for the Mets.

Campana could draw interest from other teams because of his raw speed. He boasts 54 career stolen bases and has been caught only five times since breaking into the major leagues in 2011. The 26-year-old outfielder hit .264/.308/.299 in 2012.

  1. boyofzimmer - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Tony is the man! 24 karat gold, that’s how he rolls! Cubs made bad decision to keep Sappelt over this guy.

  2. donkeydrew - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    campana has some value as a pinch runner/25th man but meatball fans will be excessively butthurt by this move

    • tuberippin - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Meh, I dunno. His defense isn’t anything to write home about relative to his speed, but if he can manage to take his average up ten points and his OBP up 15-30 points from his 2012 numbers (which was in a [deservedly] reduced role), he could be useful for a lot of teams. That kind of line is Juan Pierre-esque, and Pierre has been able to hang around long past his expiration date as a quality major-leaguer.

      All of this is to say that I don’t think one should write off Tony Campana just yet. He could very easily be the next Joey Gathright, but he could also turn into the next Pierre or a similar outfielder. It already happened once with the Cubs getting rid of Angel Pagan for nothing…

  3. boyofzimmer - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Donkey Punch Drew, talking from experience regarding butthurt?

  4. dondada10 - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Cubs get a steal with Hariston considering what Jonny Gomes got (2 for 10). Remember, Hariston can play center. They’re both 32 and bat righty.

    • tuberippin - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Hairston.

  5. Norm B - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Ahhh. The old “it happened before with player X so it could happen with player Y” hypothesis…

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