The Softbank Hawks have signed outfielder Bryan LaHair to a two-year deal, the team announced Thursday. The 30-year-old, who hit 16 homers in 130 games last season for the Chicago Cubs, is expected to compete for the Hawks' cleanup spot.
LaHair, who was named to the National League All-Star squad last summer, struggled in the second half of the season and was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday. The value of the contract is estimated at $4.5 million with additional performance-based incentives. The team holds an option for a third year.
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 this season following back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011.