The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Scott Hairston from the Chicago Cubs, according to an ESPNChicago report issued earlier today.
The Cubs will reportedly receive minor-league pitcher Ivan Pineyro in return for the 10-year veteran, who is batting just .163 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs in 111 plate appearances this season. The 33-year-old outfielder carries with him a career .244/.299/.447 and can hit well against southpaws. While his overall stat line falls short of impressive, the Nationals are in need of some potency off the bench and they, no doubt, have turned to Hairston to provide just that at little cost.
Hairston’s contract runs through 2014.
Pineyro, a 21-year-old right-hander in his third season with the Nationals’ farm system, recorded a 3.86 ERA in his two starts – 11.2 total innings pitched – with High-A Potomac. His combined Rookie, Short-Season, Low-A and High-A ERA is 3.17 in 204.1 total innings pitched in the Minors, dating back to 2011.
He was ranked the Nationals No. 27 prospect after the 2012 season.