Bryan LaHair 1B CLE 3 Days
Bryan LaHair (wrist) has been cleared to swing a bat.
LaHair will only play first base in an intrasquad game Friday, but he'll be allowed to swing the bat during an intrasquad game Saturday. Recovering from a left wrist debridement procedure, LaHair could still have time to be ready for Opening Day but seems unlikely to crack the roster.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE 21 Days
Bryan LaHair is not yet cleared to take batting practice after having left wrist debridement surgery in September.
LaHair has been cleared for all other activities and is hitting off a tee as he works his way up to batting practice. Signed to a minor league deal earlier this month, the 31-year-old will almost surely begin the season at Triple-A.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE 1 Month
Indians signed 1B/OF Bryan LaHair to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
LaHair, a former All-Star in 2012, was released by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League last month after he hit just .230/.236/.428 during his lone season in Nippon Professional Baseball. The 31-year-old will compete for a bench job during spring training.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE 2 Months
The Japanese Softbank Hawks released Bryan LaHair.
The 31-year-old former big-leaguer is now a free agent and could elect to return stateside. LaHair was an MLB All-Star only two years ago, slashing .259/.334/.450 in 2012 while manning first base for the Cubs. Of course, he rode a blazing hot first half onto the roster and fell apart after the All-Star break, causing the Cubs to give up on him last winter. He'll have to settle for a minor league pact.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE Nov 22 '12
Bryan LaHair has agreed to a contract with the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.
The deal will pay him $4.5 million over the next two seasons. It's a nice score for LaHair, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier this week and would have made close to the league minimum had he remained in the major leagues. The 30-year-old first baseman batted .259/.334/.450 in 2012.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE Nov 21 '12
According to Sanspo.com, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League are close to an agreement with Bryan LaHair.
LaHair was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday, but it was reported that the club was trying to find an opportunity for him in Japan. Former Cubs Matt Murton, Bobby Scales and Micah Hoffpauir have also played in Japan in recent seasons.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE Nov 20 '12
Cubs designated 1B/OF Bryan LaHair for assignment.
The 2012 All-Star fell apart at the seams following a hot start to the season and was firmly planted on the bench for most of the second half. The Cubs are currently trying to find an opportunity for him in Japan.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE Oct 03 '12
Bryan LaHair homered in the second and singled in the winning run in the ninth as the Cubs edged the Astros 5-4 on Wednesday.
The Cubs salvaged the finale and sent the Astros to their franchise record 107th loss (they lost 106 games last year). LaHair hit his 18th homer today in his first start since Sept. 20 and just his third in a month. He'll likely be traded this winter. An AL team could use him as a platoon first baseman or DH.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE Sep 17 '12
Cubs manager Dale Sveum hopes Bryan LaHair will play winter ball again this offseason.
An All-Star this year, LaHair has received just 90 at-bats in the second half and is hitting an ugly .207/.275/.310 since May 16. "For his sake, I think he needs to play winter ball again and get the at-bats he's missed out on and be ready for spring training like he was this year," Sveum said. LaHair might be a trade candidate this winter, as Sveum added that it "goes unsaid" that playing time will be hard to come by for him again in 2013.