Cubs finalize deal with Scott Hairston, DFA Campana
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The Cubs and outfielder Scott Hairston have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, believed to be worth $5 million dollars with another $1 million in incentives.
Hairston, 32, hit .263/.299/.504 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 25 doubles, 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 134 games with the New York Mets last season, setting career highs in home runs, games played and slugging percentage (.504). He was one of only eight National League outfielders to have at least a .500 slugging percentage and reach 20 home runs and 25 doubles last season. The versatile outfielder saw action in left field (59 games), right field (48 games) and center field (14 games).
A right-handed hitter, Hairston hit .286 with 11 home runs against lefties. He’ll likely platoon in right field with left-hander Nate Schierholtz. According to fangraphs.com, the nine-year veteran rates out as a below-average fielder, accumulating a -2.4 UZR in the outfield last season.
The 6-foot, 204-pound Hairston joins the Cubs after playing all or part of nine major league seasons with Arizona (2004-07), San Diego (2007-09, 2010), Oakland (2009) and the Mets (2011-12). He is a career .247 hitter (543-for-2,197) with 124 doubles, 17 triples, 95 homers and 279 RBI in 777 big league games.
Hairston is one of five members of his family to play in the majors and becomes the third member of his family to join the Cubs organization. His uncle, Johnny, played for the Cubs in 1969 and his brother, Jerry, played for the Cubs from 2005-06. Scott, his brother, his father (Jerry) and his grandfather (Sam) are one of only four families that have seen three generations play in the big leagues, joining the Bells, Boones and Colemans. Scott is also one of three third-generation players now in the Cubs organization, joining pitcher Casey Coleman and third base coach David Bell.
To make room for Hairston on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated popular outfielder Tony Campana for assignment. The speedster hit .264 in 192 plate appearances last year, and stole 30 bases.