Chicago Cubs Sign First Baseman Bryan LaHair To a Minor League Deal!

Patrick SchaeferCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2010

SEATTLE - JULY 19:  Bryan LaHair #39 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Cleveland Indians on July 19, 2008 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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     Bryan LaHair is a 27 year old left-handed first baseman and corner outfielder from the Seattle Mariners organization. LaHair got an invite to spring training to compete for a bench job with Brad Snyder and Micah Hoffpauir, both left-handed batters as well.

 In 2008 in 150 plate appearances for the Mariners Bryan hit .250/.315/.346. Last year in AAA LaHair hit 26 homeruns and knocked in 85 runs while hitting .289/.354/.530 in 510 plate appearances. Brad Snyder hasn't played at the major league level yet, his most recent performance in the mexican winter league was very promising with a line of .379/.463/.602, in 55 games and 211 at bats. Micah Hoffpauir spent last season on the cubs bench where he had a line of .239/.300/.427 in 234 at bats.

     It appears the Cubs are still searching for that left-handed bat after the disappointments of Fukodome and Milton Bradley. It doesn't appear the cubs will make any more significant moves with the starting lineup as far as position players are concerned. So it appears that the main focus for spring training will be for a bench job, the starting rotation, and the bullpen. Who do you want to win the battle  for the bench job?