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Report: Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

Jul 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

Scott Hairston AP

Looking for another weapon to combat left-handed pitchers, the Nationals picked up Scott Hairston from the Cubs on Sunday night, a source told’s Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal says the Cubs will get a minor league pitcher in return.

Hairston had to be expecting a bigger role than the one he found in Chicago after signing a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs in the offseason. He ended up getting just 98 at-bats in the Cubs’ 86 games and hitting .163/.225/.398 with seven homers and 18 RBI. Last year, Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 homers in 377 at-bats for the Mets.

Unfortunately, Hairston isn’t looking at an expanded role in Washington, not as long as the team’s starting outfielders stay healthy. Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth are all everyday players, and the Nats aren’t going to pick one to start benching against lefties, although they do want to give Harper more time off as he deals with a sore knee. Hairston has no experience at first base, so he probably won’t be of any help there. However, he will be an upgrade over Tyler Moore as a late-game option off the bench.

The Nationals will be the seventh team for the 34-year-old Hairston. He’s still looking to go to the playoffs for the first time in his 10 big-league seasons.

  1. thehairychestsportsblog - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Should have moved on Feldman before the O’s did, Haren is terrible.

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    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:35 AM

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  3. 13arod - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Werth keeps on getting hurt

  4. twilson962 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Hmm… ok…

    Stockpiling to make a move for a replacement for Haren??? Maybe? I hope…

    Fingers, toes, & eyes crossed.

    • snobder10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      I’m doubtful on that move, if they were serious about contending and looking for a replacement the Cubs have one of the better pitchers available in Garza. I’m sure they are asking for a high price, but if we are serious about contending I think that would be the best move they could make with the Cubs.

  5. kyleb313 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Dumb move… we NEED a number 4 pitcher so that Haren never sets foot on the nats mound again.. we really don’t need outfielders. Bad move, waste of money.

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