Nationals Acquire Scott Hairston From The Cubs

Scott Hairston (Photo by Jim Mancari)The Washington Nationals acquired Scott Hairston on Monday from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said on a conference call there are “players to be named (later) on either side,” but they “will not affect the balance of the deal.”

The Cubs signed Hairston to a two-year deal in the offseason to platoon in right field, but he struggled, batting .172 with eight home runs and 19 RBI.

Just last week, the Cubs also traded pitchers Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol along with catcher Steve Clevenger, and there are rumors circulating that starter Matt Garza could be traded too.

Pineyro, 21, is 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 15 starts at Class-A and was named to this year’s South Atlantic League All Star Team. Going into this season, Hagerstown pitching coach told, that if Pineyro continues to pitch the way he has been, he will be a big league pitcher.

I’m surprised the Cubs did this well considering that Hairston was having such an awful, awful season… The other negative is that the Nationals are also saddled with his $2.5 million salary for the 2014 season…

It also begs the question that if Theo Epstein could get a prospect like Pineyro for Hairston now, I wonder what the Mets could have gotten when Hairston was the team’s second best slugger behind Wright last season?

And then of course, what could the Mets get now for Marlon Byrd?

(Photo Credit: Jim Mancari)

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