The Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League picked up former Chicago Cubs starting 1st baseman Bryan LaHair. The full terms of the contract was announced that LaHair will earn 4.5 million over the next 2 seasons.
Last season Bryan LaHair entering the season was named the Chicago Cubs starting 1st baseman and due to his solid 1st half performance (.286 batting average 14 home runs and 30 RBI’s) he earned all-star honors and was voted in to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
But then LaHair fell into a big slump in the 2nd half of the season which cost him his starting 1st base role to up and coming Cubs player Anthony Rizzo who took over the role for the rest of the season.
We are about a month into the off-season and the Cubs decided to designate LaHair for assignment. In hopes for him to work on his hitting mechanics but the Cubs offered him a new route and that is when the deal with the Hawks began.
While heading over to Japan LaHair will have the opportunity to start everyday for the Hawks and improve on his hitting mechanics to prepare for his Major League return possibly in 2015.