Indians Sign Bryan LaHair

The Indians have officially signed first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal that includes a Spring Training invite, tweets MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. The 31-year-old will have a chance to earn time as a DH or bench bat, tweets Bastian, and would provide depth at first.

LaHair was released by the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks after spending last year in Japan. For the Hawks, LaHair hit 16 home runs in 389 plate appearances, but slashed just .230/.306/.428.

LaHair's incredible first half in 2012 made him an MLB All-Star that year, but he ended the campaign with a .259/.334/.450 line for the season. He did hit 16 long balls in just 380 plate appearances, however. His prior employers have clearly viewed LaHair as a righty-masher only, as he has just 96 career plate appearances (and a rough .380 OPS) against lefties. LaHair has seen time at both first and the corner outfield over his MLB career.


Leave a Reply

32 Comments on "Indians Sign Bryan LaHair"


Member
rovert22044
1 year 5 months ago

Good, low-risk move. Was hoping the Astros would give him a chance, but good for the Indians.

Member
alexamato
1 year 5 months ago

Solid competitor for a bench role. Nice power from the bench

Member
TrollinPowell
1 year 5 months ago

.230/.306/.428 last year in Japan.

Low risk, but little chance of reward.

Member
johnbrooks
1 year 5 months ago

He offers more upside than what Giambi did last year. He hit RHPs well in 2012. He also isn’t just limited to DH’ing like Giambi either.

Member
1 year 5 months ago

But he is kind of limited to DH’ing just like Giambi.

Member
johnbrooks
1 year 5 months ago

While he isn’t the best fielding 1B I grant you, he can pass on occasion to play once in a blue moon for Swisher.

Member
Joe Orsatti
1 year 5 months ago

Talk about a fast collapse. He was tremendous for the cubs early in 2012 but he fell off big time.

Member
Jeffy25
1 year 5 months ago

I’d say it was pretty obvious during his first half of that year that he was overperforming his true self.

That said, he is also better than he was in japan last year.

Member
brian310
1 year 5 months ago

I still remember when the cubs shoulda traded him that year he had a tremendous first half

Member
Bleed_Orange
1 year 5 months ago

He fizzled out to fast for the Cubs to trade him.

Member
johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

He didn’t even last long enough to give Joe charbeneau, or Dave Hostetler a run for their money on fleeting fame.