Chicago Cubs: Many positions were a rotating door in the Theo rebuild years and many names passed through…including veteran Scott Hairston.
Scott Hairston is one of many of the Hairston family members to play baseball. Scott played 11 seasons in the majors and hit .242/.296/.442 with 106 homers and 313 RBIs. Towards the end of his career in 2013, he signed with the Cubs on a two-year deal. He was mainly meant to be a veteran presence and a spot-filler.
Hairston only played in 52 games as a Cub in 2013, hitting .172/.232/.434 with eight homers and 19 RBIs before being traded to the Nationals in July. The Cubs got a minor league arm by the name of Ivan Pineyro in return, who was pitching in the Angels organization last year. He played out the rest of his contract through 2014 with the Nationals and never saw the majors again.
The funny thing is the 2013 Cubs had such a rotating door of outfielders since veterans like Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus were also traded away that season. Hairston was probably the most recognizable name to play the outfield outside those other two that season. At least he gave us a grand slam against the Diamondbacks on May 31st of that year.