Reports: Nats acquire Scott Hairston
By Tom Schad | Associate Reporter
The Nationals have sought a power-hitting, right-handed bat for their bench, and they got one late Sunday night.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals have acquired Cubs outfielder Scott Hairston in exchange for a minor-league pitcher. Hairston, 33, is hitting just .172 with eight home runs this season. He hit a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning of the Chicago’s 4-3 extra-innings win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Hairston is a 10-year Major League veteran who has spent time with the Diamondbacks, Padres, Mets, Athletics and Cubs. The 6-foot, 205-pound outfielder signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs in January.
Hairston has a bit of power (averages 20 home runs per 162 games) and he feels particularly comfortable against left-handed pitchers (.268 career average). He is 15-for-47 (.319) in 17 career games at Nationals Park.
The move will be announced Monday morning, according to Rosenthal. Hairston will likely replace outfielder Roger Bernadina or outfielder/first baseman Tyler Moore on the Nationals’ bench.