Cross a name off the list of possible replacements to DLee at first base next year.
Micah Hoffpauir is headed to Japan.
Hoffpauir, 30, who was drafted by the Cubs in 2002 in the 13th round is signing with Nippon Ham Fighters. He spent most of the past season in AAA where he hit .283 with 22 homer and 95 RBIs.
Micah had spent part of three seasons with the big league club. The left hander played in 162 games, most coming in 2009 when he played in 105 games. In 359 at bats he hit .251 with 12 homers, a number I was shocked was so low, 48 RBIs, walked 31 times while striking out 85 times.
The Cubs will probably receive some sort of compensation for Micah.
Hoffpauir never really had a place with the Cubs being moved from first base and the corner outfield spots. He just never received enough at bats playing behind higher priced players such as Lee, Soriano and Fukedome.
Hopefully Micah will see the same type of success as former Cubbie, Matt Murton, who broke Ichiro's single season hit record in his first year playing over in Japan.
Remember when people were wanting Micah to replace Lee at first? Ha
Best of luck Micah.