While you were all eating too much, holding hands and telling everyone what you were thankful for, the Cubs were doing much of the same. We did hear about a few things that went on over the Thanksgiving holiday, including the migration of Bryan LaHair to Japan.
The SoftBank Hawks are close to an agreement with Bryan LaHair, according to a Sanspo report passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The Cubs designated LaHair for assignment yesterday, announcing that the team and player were “pursuing an opportunity” for LaHair to sign with a Japanese team.
MLBTR reports that the value of LaHair’s contract is $4.7MM over two years with the signing bonus and buyout included. Maybe Bryan can become the next Tuffy Rhodes. We also heard of a trade between the Cubs and Rangers, wherein the Cubs traded back a pitcher they received in the Geo Soto trade.
The Cubs dealt Jacob Brigham (acquired in the Geovany Soto trade in July) back to the Rangers, receiving Loux, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher, in return as a sort of re-do on the Soto deal after Brigham was limited to just two appearances for the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate in Tennessee. The Cubs will also receive a player to be named later.
Loux reached Double-A in 2012 and made all his starts without incident, showing a simple, repeatable delivery and an idea of how to pitch. He works downhill, sits 90-92 mph and commands his fastball to both sides of the plate, though neither his velocity nor his secondary pitches separate him from the pack. His average slider and curveball blend together, but most scouts like his changeup best and think he knows how and when to use it. He profiles as an innings-eating No. 5 type on a good team.
That’s a much better ceiling than most of the arms in the Cubs system.