There was a very curious free agent signing made on Wednesday night by the Chicago Cubs in signing Scott Hairston to a two-year contract. Hairston hit 20 home runs last season, and I’m starting to think that there is a trade coming from the Cubs of Alfonso Soriano. The outfield is very crowded at this point and I don’t see how it will all work out as presently constructed.
Hairston hits left-handed pitchers very well, which is why the Cubs wanted him in the first place, and Chicago also has left-handed hitting outfielders already on the roster who are scheduled to start. This means players like Tony Campana and Brett Jackson are on the outside looking in.
Campana will likely make the team as the fifth outfielder while Jackson is headed back to Triple-A but with the contract situations, what happens when Jackson is ready? Everyone saw how Mike Trout did in his second tour of duty.
I really think the Cubs are looking to trade Soriano with just two years left on his contract. If Chicago can eat a lot of the contract that is left and get something in return, I believe Soriano will be traded sometime before spring training. If that doesn’t happen, at least the Cubs have a situation where they can plug a hitter in who can hit pitchers from either side of the mound. Hairston is a solid piece for a Cubs team that may surprise people in 2013.