Bryan LaHair went from unheard-of to the National League All-Star team in 2012. Now he is set to depart the major leagues just as quick. LaHair, who struggled in the second half, was recently designated for assignment and now appears to be headed to Japan.
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks are on the verge of signing LaHair who spent all of 2012 with the Chicago Cubs. Already a trade candidate entering the season, it is unsurprising to see LaHair leave Chicago though a move to Japan is further then most envisioned.
LaHair ended last season with a .259/.334/.450 line while hitting 16 home runs and driving in 40 RBI. From the moment he was signed by the Cubs he was considered a stop-gap until the arrival of Anthony Rizzo.
After a hot start, LaHair hit just .207/.275/.310 after May 16 and found himself on the bench for much of the second half.