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Former Cubs All-Star infielder LaHair signs with team in Japan

CBSSports.com wire reports
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FUKUOKA, Japan -- 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.

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

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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