Indians sign Bryan LaHair to minor league deal
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent first baseman and outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
LaHair, 31, is a veteran of three Major League seasons with Seattle (2008) and Chicago-NL (2011-12), compiling a career batting mark of .260 (139-for-535) with 26 doubles, 21 HR, 56 RBI and .764 OPS in 195 games. The Worcester, MA native was a player-voted National League All-Star selection with the Cubs in 2012 after hitting .286 with 14 HR, 30 RBI and .883 OPS prior to the 2012 break. The left-handed hitting LaHair owns a career mark of .289 (131-453, .835 OPS) against right-handed pitching and is a career .326 (14-for-43, .914 OPS) hitter in pinch-hitting situations.
LaHair spent the 2013 season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks after the Japan Pacific League club purchased his rights from the Cubs following the 2012 season. He attained free agency upon his January 23 release from SoftBank.
When he's put his bat on the ball LaHair has hit .394 in his limited career. The bad side is those 182 whiffs in 535 AB.
Still, an intriguing investment for someone who could catch lightning in the bottle if he goes off on oneof his limited hot streaks.