Japan’s Softbank signs LaHair

The Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League say they have
signed former Chicago Cubs infielder Bryan LaHair to a two-year,
$4.5 million contract.

LaHair, who was named to the National League All-Star team last
season, batted .286 with 14 home runs and 30 RBIs before the
All-Star break but fell to .202 with two home runs and 10 RBIs
after it.

After losing the first base job to top prospect Anthony Rizzo in
June, LeHair was a bench player for the remainder of the

An outstanding run producer in six Triple-A seasons through
2011, LaHair is being looked at as a first baseman and designated
hitter for the Hawks, who finished third in the Pacific League
following back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011.

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