Just as I thought:
Bryan LaHair designated for assignment. #Cubs say they are pursuing opportunity for him in Japan.— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) November 21, 2012
Seriously, LaHair seems like a good guy and he'll probably do very well in Japan. And he'll always be known as a National League All-Star. Finally, his last big-league at-bat -- depicted above -- was a walkoff single, a game-winner in an otherwise miserable year for the team. That'll be a nice memory, too.
The team has made some other moves Tuesday, including a deal for a pitcher who was, at one time, a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Rangers have signed Barret Loux, a pitcher who was the Diamondbacks No. 1 draft pick but then declared a free agent after they couldn’t come to an agreement. Well, they reached an agreement but then Loux failed his physical. He has both shoulder and elbow issues that are of a concern.
Loux had a pretty good year pitching for Double-A Frisco in the Rangers organization in 2012; he made 25 starts, posted a 14-1 record with a 3.47 ERA and 1.268 WHIP. He walked 41 and struck out 100 in 127 innings. So maybe the Cubs will get something out of the Geovany Soto deal after all.
Finally, the Cubs have filled up their 40-man roster in advance of the upcoming Rule 5 draft:
#Cubs select contracts of 4 to add to 40-man roster: RHP Trey McNutt, IF Christian Villanueva, IF Logan Watkins & RHP Robert Whitenack— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) November 21, 2012
Tim and Josh can chime in, but those look like the right moves to me. Have at it.