The interesting story of Bryan LaHair, the minor leaguer turned All-Star turned slumping major leaguer, has come to an end in Chicago. LaHair was designated for assignment, meaning he will not be a member of the team's major league roster next season. There have also been reports that the Cubs front office has been actively trying to help the first baseman/outfielder find a new home overseas, as they have been contacting teams from Japan.
Unfortunately for LaHair and the Cubs, his .286 batting average that carried him to the Mid-Summer Classic was simply a mirage of what could have been. Following the introduction of rookie phenom Anthony Rizzo, LaHair struggled to find his swing while converting to the outfield to make room for the rookie.
The 30 year old's departure leaves some room in the outfield that could signal a move in the free agency period. With Reid Johnson, Brett Jackson, and Joe Mather, among others, off the big league roster for now, Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus look to be the only two sure-thing starting outfielders.
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