Are The Indians Interested In Bryan LaHair?
The Chicago Cubs are going to sell. It’s a matter of who, to which team. Bryan LaHair is no different, and it’s likely his days are numbered in a Cubs uniform as the Cubs have some prospect named Anthony Rizzo tearing up AAA. There are going to be a million AL teams interested in LaHair as everyone is looking for a left handed power bat at this point in the season. Look no further than the Cleveland Indians, and the Cubs should really focus on them at this point.
Who should the Cubs get in return? Well how about Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Hagadone for LaHair? For the Indians fans scoffing (and I can see all of you!), let me remind that LaHair is putting up a slash line of (.310/.396/.589) so he would bring a pretty much instant impact to the Indians offense. He’s got some good power against righties and would fit in well with the Indians offense.
Lonnie Chisenhall is a talented youngster, but let’s face it- he’s not ready for the big stage and the Indians have a real chance to win now. It’s a tough trade to make, but the Indians do have Jack Hannahan (very good defensive third basemen) so it makes it an easier pill to swallow.
Nick Hagadone is a decent looking reliever who might turn back into a starter and he has some decent stuff, but he’s not going to be a major part of the future so he’s absolutely movable.
The Indians traded for Ubaldo Jimenez last year when they felt like they needed to go for it, and this year I don’t think is different. Winning at the big league level is not easy, and you can’t wait around forever.
I think teams are going to have to overpay a bit this year for veteran players, and most of the time- it’s worth it.