After being designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs, Bryan LaHair has decided to take his talents overseas, signing with the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. The Hawks have reportedly given the 30-year old a two year contract, worth $4.5 million.
The Hawks will be using LaHair as a first baseman and designated hitter, as they look to return to rebound from a third place finish last season after winning back-to-back pennants.
Although losing an All-Star to free agency is usually something a team must rebound from, losing LaHair does no hurt the Cubs, as he had been benched midway through the season to make way for Anthony Rizzo. After his success, there really wasn't any room for LaHair on the club. Even if LaHair never returns to the big leagues, his career minor leaguer to All-Star tale was one of the most compelling storylines of 2012.
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