June 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair (6) is greeted by shortstop Starlin Castro (13) after hitting a two run homer in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE
#Cubs will listen on Bryan LaHair, but price remains high at the moment. They don’t have to trade him.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 5, 2012
While the Cubs are willing to field offers for LaHair, the asking price remains high as Chicago doesn’t feel it has to trade the first baseman.
While he’s 29-years-old, LaHair isn’t arbitration eligible until 2015, making him extremely affordable. The slugger is making only $482,500 this season and isn’t going to reach free agency until after the 2017 season.
The Cubs are hoping that top prospect Anthony Rizzo is here to stay as the club’s first baseman, a position LaHair manned for the first part of the season. Still, due to his affordability and production, the Cubs don’t seem to be in any hurry to trade him.
LaHair has hit at a clip of .293/.371/.536 with 14 home runs, 12 doubles and 30 RBIs over his 222 at-bats this season.
Should the Cubs trade LaHair this summer?