Cubs’ Scott Hairston to Nationals
The Chicago Cubs continued their 2013 trading frenzy by sending outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.
Hairston struggled this year for the Cubs, after signing a two-year this past offseason, and has become the latest victim in Chicago’s fire sale. The other Cubs traded so far this season have been pitchers Carlos Marmol and Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger. More players may be added to deal on either sides, according to USA Today.
Hairston had been expected to platoon with Nate Schierholtz, who is hitting .273 with 11 home runs for Chicago, but has been disappointing so far this season, batting just .172.
The man the Cubs get in return, Pineyro, is a Class-A righthander, who is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA so far this year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Yet another move the Cubs make as they look to the future.
Another Chicago player that has been in the midst of trade talks is pitcher Matt Garza. The 29-year-old pitcher is 4-1 with a 3.29 ERA so far this year and would help out a contender who needs pitching depth.
“Needless to say, he’s been a popular name and a guy we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls on,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I think he’s opened a lot of eyes the way he’s thrown the last four, five times out.”