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Mutual interest between Cubs, Hairston

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08:08 AM ET 01.22 | Even if Brett Jackson has no intention of going to Iowa, the Cubs may have different plans for the outfield prospect. The Cubs are not going to write off a 24-year-old plus defender who has shown a unique combination of power, speed and the willingness to literally run into walls. But they are insistent that Jackson will start this season in Iowa as they continue to weigh their options in the outfield. Sources said there's mutual interest between the Cubs and Scott Hairston -- who hit 20 homers in 377 at-bats with the New York Mets last season -- and a strong opposition to signing free agent Michael Bourn because it would mean losing a second-round draft pick and sacrificing part of their signing-bonus pool.

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January 22, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Hairston + Wrigley + regular at bats = 30 HR's, .230-.240 BA, 85-90 rbi's - All for about a quarter of what Soriano is making. Don't think it will matter to the cubs as far as position in the standings but not a bad signing if they want to appear competitive this year.

January 22, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Jeez, Jackson took a big step BACKWARDS with the bat at AAA from '11 to '12, and he also had 158 strikeouts in 106 games...he's turning 25 during the upcoming season, I doubt this guy is that much to get excited about.

At 25, he's running out of time.

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January 22, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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Don't get too excited because Hairston also had an OBP below .300, but he could certainly fill a role...perhaps to distract the fans with a few HRs while better young players are developing in the minors?

the cubs aren't going to do any better in 2013 season, but theo still thinking Hairston should or could be part of the solution,,,,,

January 22, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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Don't forget Tuffy Rhodes!He actually did finally pan out in Japan...hit 55 HRs one season and almost 450 total over there.

bet you when the cubs bring him back to the cubs organization,, likely would hit the ground,,, just saying!!

January 22, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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At 25, he's running out of time.

if jackson took a step backwards in 2011 and 2012 season,,,,the cubs have very little hope in this guy and that's WHY the cubs are shipping him back to the minors,,,as a prospect players need to prove themselves unless otherwise!!

January 22, 2013  02:10 PM ET

He will Love Chicago!

 
January 22, 2013  04:47 PM ET

Until you either trade 12 or ride out his contract your hands are tied, and adding another outfielder to me would be stupid.

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