According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Jerry Hairston Jr. is no longer an option for the Yankees as he is “closing in on a deal” with the Padres. Rosenthal expects the deal will be worth about $2 million.
Last week we heard rumors that the Padres were interested in Hairston and then after they traded for his brother Scott Hairston it seemed like there was a reasonable chance he would move to San Diego.
This is a loss for the Yankees as they were interested in bringing him back to the Bronx, but this is hardly a huge hit. Reed Johnson and others are still available and they are probably better options anyways as it seemed the Yankees were intent on having Hairston mainly as an outfielder where his bat doesn’t stand out as much.
It is another option off the table and with general manager Brian Cashman playing the waiting game things are starting to get interested. Along with Johnson the Yankees have also had interest in Rocco Baldelli and possibly Jermaine Dye as well.
Just to recap, this is not yet official, but appears likely. We’ll update if anything changes.