The Cleveland Indians and former Chicago Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair came to terms on a minor league deal earlier today.
Indians have signed 1B/OF Bryan LaHair to Minors deal with spring invite. All-Star with Cubs in 2012, played in Japan in 2013.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 5, 2014
LaHair, 31, had his contract bought out by the Fukouka SoftBank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League. They agree’d on a two year deal which resulted in the Cubs receiving $950,000 in return.
Bryan was coming off a huge year with the Cubs, despite slowing down as the regular season came to a close. He batted .259/.334/.450 with 16 home runs and recorded 40 RBIs. It was good enough to land him a spot on the 2012 National League All-Star roster, so many were, to say the least, a bit surprised when the team decided to part ways with him.
It appeared that he would be able to get some time in the outfield or at least give third base a try. But things didn’t work out that way and he spent the entire 2013 season overseas. Now that he’s back in the states and playing for a Major League team, LaHair will give the Indians some added depth in right field, first base, even the designated hitters slot when needed.
Cleveland also decided to bring back veteran Jason Giambi after he expressed interest in returning to the team before their season came to a close.
So right now it appears he’s going to be competing with him for a roster spot, but could eventually find his way onto the 25-man roster depending on Giambi’s performance or if any injuries were to occur.