Chicago Cubs trade Hairston to Nationals

May 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Scott Hairston (21) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs have traded outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for a Minor League right-hander pitcher Ivan Pineyro, currently with High A Potomac.

Hairston, 33, received limited playing time in right field after inking a two-year, $5 million deal during the offseason. Cubs manager Dale Sveum used Hairston to spark the Cubs offense against left-handers this season and the Nationals look to do the same. He batted .179 against lefties and .172 overall with eight home runs and 18 RBIs this season.

Pineyro, 21, is in his third Minor League season and started this year with Class A Hagerstown. He recorded a 5-3 record in 13 starts with a 3.14 ERA before joining Potomac where he was 1-0 in two starts.

Hairston joins Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger as Cubs dealt to gain minor league prospects before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

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Topics: Chicago Cubs, Ivan Pineyro, Mlb, Scott Hairston, Washington Nationals

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