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Bryan LaHair

Status:
Not Active
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 5"
Weight:
240 lbs
Age:
30
Born:
Nov 5, 1982
Worcester, MA, United States
Drafted:
2002 - round 39, overall by Sea
AVG HR RBI OBP OPS
2012 Regular Season
.259 16 40 .334 .784

The Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League say they have signed LaHair to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

LeHair, who was named to the National League All-Star team last season, batted .286 with 14 home runs and 30 RBIs before the All-Star break but fell to .202 with two home runs and 10 RBIs after it. After losing the first base job to top prospect Anthony Rizzo in June, LeHair was a bench player for the remainder of the season.

The Cubs say they have designated LaHair for assignment because he and the club are pursuing an opportunity for him in Japan.

An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games. He originally signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in December 2009.

LaHair homered and hit the winning single in the ninth inning, and the Cubs beat the Astros 5-4 Wednesday in Houston's final game before switching to the AL next season.

The 29-year-old LaHair held down the starting first base job through much of the first half after spending most of the previous nine seasons in the minors. His story reached its peak when LaHair was selected to the NL All-Star team, but his playing time dropped drastically once prospect Anthony Rizzo was called up in late June. LaHair finished the year batting .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs. He hit .286 with 14 homers before the All-Star break.

LaHair broke out of his slump by going 3 for 4 in a 4-0 win over Houston on Friday.

LaHair, hitting .288 this season, was 3 for 26 (.115) over his previous 10 games.

LaHair went 0 for 6 in Friday's 8-7, 13-inning loss to the Brew Crew.

It looks like pitchers are starting to figure out LaHair, who has three hist in 15 at-bats.

LaHair continued his torrid start to the season, going 3 for 4 in Sunday's 4-3, 11-inning win over the Dodgers to raise his batting average to .390.

LaHair has reached base in 24 straight games.

LaHair homered in Thursday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Cincinnati.

LaHair has provided the bulk of the Cubs' power this season, hitting seven of their 14 homers.

LaHair hit a homer in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals.

LaHair has four of Chicago's lowest seven home runs this season, the lowest total in the majors.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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