Cubs trade Scott Hairston, ‘excited’ about newly acquired Ivan Pineyro
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com July 8, 2013 9:40AM
Chicago Cubs' Scott Hairston watches as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: July 8, 2013 10:29PM
The Cubs continued their early July selling spree, trading outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for Class A right-hander Ivan Pineyro in a deal that became official Monday morning.
“He’s a young arm we’re excited to get in our system,” general manager Jed Hoyer said, who added that a player to be named could be added to both sides of the deal but that it wouldn’t be a significant player in either case.
Pineyro, 21, is 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 15 starts combined at Class A Hagerstown (13 starts) and advanced-A Potomac (two). He’ll report to advanced-A Daytona to start his Cubs career.
The Cubs replaced Hairston on the roster with left-hander Brooks Raley to bolster a taxed bullpen short term. Hoyer said the club will “explore options” for adding right-handed hitter to the bench once the bullpen no longer needs the extra arm.
Hairston is the fourth player dealt by the team the first week of the month, joining Scott Feldman, Steve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol.
The Nationals were in a position to act quickly on a trade for right-handed bench help as they open a series Monday against lefty-loaded Philadelphia. The Nats sent struggling young right-handed outfielder/pinch-hitter Tyler Moore back to the minors to make room for Hairston.
“He wasn’t getting as much playing as we’d hoped, and it’s a good opportunity for him,” Hoyer said.
He didn’t play at all during the Cubs’ recent nine-game road trip.
Hairston, 33, is hitting only .172 but has eight home runs – all against left-handers, against whom he has a .739 OPS.
He’s 5-for-23 with a homer, double and three RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
Hairston signed a two-year, $5 million deal last winter.