Scott Hairston

Scott Hairston has signed a two-year deal with the Cubs worth around $6 million. I gotta tell ya, the Cubs are quietly putting together a very nice offseason. I’m not saying they’re going to win 90 games or anything like that, but I expect them to be much stronger in 2013 following a 61-101 season in 2012. Between signing Japanese pitcher¬†Kyuji Fujikawa (who will serve as their closer), signing Scott Baker as back-end rotation pitcher, and signing Edwin Jackson, their pitching should significantly improve upon their 4.51 ERA last season. I think Hairston is a great addition as well, seeing that he hit 20 HRs in 2012 in just under 400 at-bats. Unlike the bench role he had with the Mets, I expect that Hairston will be regularly playing in the Wrigley outfield and should contribute rather nicely to this improved lineup.