Nationals acquire OF Scott Hairston from Cubs

Outfielder Scott Hairston is reportedly on his way from the Cubs to the Nationals. (USATSI)
Outfielder Scott Hairston is on his way from the Cubs to the Nationals. (USATSI)'s Jon Heyman has confirmed that the Nationals have acquired outfielder Scott Hairston from the Cubs in exchange for a Class-A pitcher.'s Ken Rosenthal first reported the story. 

Heyman says the Nationals will pay Hairston's contract and performance bonuses this year, while the Cubs will chip in less than $500,000 next year.

This season, the 33-year-old Hairston is batting .172/.232/.434 in 112 plate appearances. For his career, he owns a slash line of .244/.299/.448 across parts of 10 major-league seasons. Hairston is capable of playing all three outfield positions.

The right-handed-hitting Hairston also fills a tactical need for the Nationals, who this season have been one of baseball's least effective offenses against left-handed pitching.

The Cubs are projecting that prospect Junior Lake will be their righty-hitting platoon outfielder next year.

UPDATE: The Cubs will receive 21-year-old right-hander Ivan Pineyro in the trade. He has a 3.24 ERA with an 8.3 K/9 and 3.27 K/BB in 77 2/3 innings across 15 starts for two Single-A affiliates this year.

Baseball America ranked Pineyro as the Nationals' 27th-best prospect before the season in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

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