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Report: LaHair to leave Cubs for Japan

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The Chicago Cubs have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment, the team announced.

LaHair, an All-Star last season, is expected to sign with Fukuoka of the Japanese League. In turn, the Cubs are expected to get $950,000, ESPN reported.

In his first major-league season at age 30, LaHair batted .286 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI before the All-Star break but slumped in the second half of the season and lost the first-base job to Anthony Rizzo.

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