The Chicago Cubs officially announced the signing of outfielder Scott Hairston on Sunday to a two year contract. That announcement came at the expense of outfielder and fan-favorite Tony Campana. In order to make room for Hairston on the 40 man roster, the Cubs designated Campana for assignment.
Over the course of the past two seasons, Campana has developed quite the fan following while playing for the Cubs. Campana appeared in 89 games for the Cubs last season producing a slash line of .264/.308/.299/.607 to go along with 30 stolen bases. There is no question that Campana is potentially the fastest player in Major League Baseball, and has certainly had a positive impact for the Cubs in games where he would play. The only problem is the 26-year-old Campana likely does not possess the offensive skill-set to warrant him being an everyday player. That is the reason why outfielder Dave Sappelt will likely serve as the Cubs’ fifth outfielder this season.
Meanwhile, Hairston will likely serve as platoon partner with Nate Schierholtz in right field and David DeJesus in center field. Hairston played 134 games with the New York Mets last season while hitting .263/.299/.504/.803 to go along with 20 home runs.
Campana could find his way to back to the Cubs’ organization on minor league assignment if the outfielder clears waivers.