Originally written January 24, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
It may not be the outfield signing that many may have been hoping for, but the Chicago Cubs may have completed their Opening Day outfield in agreeing to a two-year pact with Scott Hairston. Just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like Hairston was destined for New York, with a deal with either the Yankees or Mets probably on the horizon. Those potential deals fell apart, and it sounds like Hairston may have turned down more money from the Mets to join the Cubs in Chicago. With performance bonuses, Hairston could earn up to $6 million in his two-year contract. The Mets were reported to have offered him $8 million. Regardless of what he may or may not have turned down, the Cubs may have gotten a steal in signing Hairston. Hairston is not Michael Bourn, who many were hoping would fall right into the Cubs' lap. But he brings plenty of value to this team. He's obviously versatile. He can play all three outfield positions. We'll likely see him plenty out in right f...
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