The Cubs selected the contracts of four players, including Logan Watkins, their Minor League Player of the Year, and added them to the 40-man roster but also designated All-Star Bryan LaHair for assignment. "I'm just taking all the positives out of this year, I'm not taking any negatives," LaHair said Oct. 3. An outstanding run producer in six Triple-A seasons through 2011, LaHair is being looked at as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Hawks, who finished third in the Pacific League following back-to-back pennants in 2010 and '11. An unlikely 2012 All-Star in his first full season in the major leagues, LaHair, 30, batted .286 with 14 home runs and 30 RBIs before the All-Star break but fell to .202 with two home runs and 10 RBIs after it. The Cubs opened up a spot on the 40-man roster when they traded pitcher Jake Brigham back to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Barret Loux and a player to be named. The Cubs also announced right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, 26, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins on Oct. Among the players left unprotected was right-hander Nick Struck, who was the organization's 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.