Nats acquire OF Hairston from Cubs

The Nationals have added a right-handed bat to their bench, acquiring outfielder Scott Hairston from the Cubs in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

The Nationals hope that Hairston —  hitting .163 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs — can lend some right-handed power off the bench in the way that Tyler Moore has not been able to this year. The Nats were hoping players like Moore and Steve Lombardozzi would provide great depth off the bench after strong breakout seasons last year, but both have struggled.

Hairston will now be reunited with Washington GM Mike Rizzo, who drafted him in the third round of the 2001 Draft.

Pineyro, 21, has a 3.24 ERA in 15 games (all starts) between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac this year.

Both teams will also receive a player to be named later in the deal.

– Joey Nowak

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