The Cubs have traded Scott Hairston to the Nationals for a class A pitcher. Hairston was signed this past offseason for 2-years and $5 million after his solid 2012 season. In 112 plate appearances with the Cubs, Hairston hit only .172/.232/.434. His wOBA was .283 and he had a wRC+ of 73. He had -0.6 fWAR and -0.5 rWAR.
Hairston had never been a good hitter vs right handers, but had always hit lefties quite well. All 8 of his home runs this year came against lefties, but his average and OBP were so poor that he still had a wRC+ just above 90. He’ll play in the same role for the Nationals.
Hairston was owed another $2.5 million next year and the Cubs will chip in about $500,000 while the Nationals pay the rest of the salary.
It’s not known at this time who the pitcher is that the Cubs got. I will update the post, or create a new one, with that information when it’s available.
UPDATE: According to Buster Olney, the Cubs will be getting 21 year old right hander Ivan Pineyro. Pineyro was just promoted to High A after 13 impressive starts at A ball. He has good command and has shown the ability to strikeout batters.
Baseball America talked about Pineyro back in March. It was related to his comeback after getting hit in the jaw by a batted ball. Scouts like the guy. Prior to the season, John Sickels ranked him outside of the top 22 Nationals prospect with a grade equal to or less than C.
UPDATE 2: According to @NationalsPR, the Cubs are sending a player to be named later while they are also acquiring one from the Nationals.
UPDATE 3: Below is from the most recent Baseball America chat on the Nationals top prospects for 2013.
Karl of Delaware (Georgetown, Delaware): Name a sleeper from the Nationals low minors (below A+).
Aaron Fitt: I’m intrigued by Ivan Pineyro, a Dominican righty who just turned 21 this September. His velocity has jumped into the 90-94 range, he has good feel for a changeup that could become a plus pitch, and the Nats have been impressed with his maturity and professionalism. The key will be improving his breaking ball and refining his command. But he’s got a good arm — definitely a guy to keep an eye on.
A guy who throws 90-94 with some control is a pretty good return for someone like Scott Hairston. I don’t imagine the PTBNLs will be a big deal.