According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees are one of the five teams rumored to be interested in super-utility infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. The deal is estimated to be in the $2-$3 million range with at least one of the teams interested in making a multi-year offer.
Last week we found out that the Yankees were done shopping for a left fielder and had settled on using Brett Gardner as their starter. At that time general manager Brian Cashman said that his main focus was in putting together his bench. That came just a day after the Yankees let outfielder Eric Hinske go to the Atlanta Braves without making much of an offer.
So it’s good to see them show an active interested in Hairston, especially since he can play every position except pitcher and catcher and he can hit a little bit for a backup player, .259/.328/.373/.701 lifetime averages – OK, so he’s not Babe Ruth.
Looking at their bench as it is right now it leaves a lot to be desired, but if the Yankees can retain Hairston and maybe add an outfielder like Reed Johnson and it turns into something pretty decent.