The Cubs continue to turn major league talent into young players with projected future value, this time trading veteran corner outfielder Scott Hairston to the Nationals for 21-year-old righthander Ivan Pineyro. Perhaps the biggest surprise surrounding this transaction is that the Cubs acquired no further international bonus pool money.
The Cubs and Nationals also exchanged players to be named in the transaction. Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said on a conference call that the PTBNs “will not affect the balance of the deal.”
Chicago dealt righthander Scott Feldman to the Orioles last week, and like Hairston, he had joined the organization on a short-term contract in the offseason.
Ivan Pineyro, rhp
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Nationals, July 2, 2010.
Signed out of the Dominican Republic at age 18, Pineyro spent two seasons in short-season ball but moved quickly this season, earning a mid-June promotion to the Carolina League after a strong first half at low Class A Hagerstown. He commands the strike zone at 90-93 mph while also throwing a solid-average changeup and fringy breaking ball. Pineyro impressed the Nationals with his quick recovery from a line drive to the face during 2012 extended spring training, showcasing his toughness and poise. For more, please see our March organization report by correspondent Lacy Lusk.
Scott Hairston, rf
Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $2.5 million salary for 2013, then another $2.5 million for 2014.
Plus power versus lefthanded pitchers has kept Hairston employed into his 30s, as his range in the outfield has diminished and his production versus righties has declined. Since 2010, he has hit .248/.296/.470 with 23 homers in 490 PAs versus southpaws, with a .222 isolated power that ranks 40th for this particular platoon split (min. 250 PA). Hairston assumes the role that Tyler Moore occupied last season as a pinch-hitter and righty enforcer for lefty-hitting outfielders Bryce Harper and Roger Bernadina. Despite the fact that Hairston has hit just .179/.239/.500 versus lefties for the Cubs this season, that .739 OPS is miles better than Moore’s .402 figure.