Rumors: Yankees Interested in Bringing Jerry Hairston Back

Via Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger:

Meanwhile, one person with knowledge of the situation said the Yankees have expressed interest in bringing back a member of the 2009 World Series team, Jerry Hairston Jr.

Hairston, 34, earned $2.125 million in 2010 and $2 million in 2009 so there isn’t much of a reason to expect that he’ll get a big raise next year.

He hit .244 with a .652 OPS in the pitching friendly ballpark in San Diego last season and in 2009 he hit .251 with a .710 OPS. Typically that isn’t much to get excited about, but Hairston is a strong defender who can play literally every position except catcher and first base.

By signing Hairston the Yankees would gain flexibility in putting together the rest of their roster. They could use him as a backup infielder making Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena expendable or they could keep them around and use Hairston as a backup outfielder.

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5 Responses to Rumors: Yankees Interested in Bringing Jerry Hairston Back

  1. He's a very good utility man. Possibly the best in baseball all things considered. Pena wasn't absolutely terrible tho.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    This guy can't hit. I'd much prefer a younger player. Since Jeter will play short only another year or two, why not start seeing which of the kids will take over? Typical Cashman move, sometimes he gets lucky (see Swisher) but otherwise his moves always seem to lack imagination. He was prudent to let Damon and Matusi go, but then couldn't complete the deal by thinking Granderson and Nick Johnson were going to replace their offensive production. This is what happens when you have a half-smart GM.

  3. Susan says:

    Yeah, I'm not the biggest Cashman fan at this point. I'm not saying Hairston is some great hitter but for a bench guy he's pretty good and very versatile. Compared to Pena though, he's Babe Ruth with the bat. As for Pena and Nunez, don't think for one second that either of these guys stand a prayer of being the next SS of the Yankees. Especially Pena who couldn't hit a ball if you let him hit off a tee all season.

  4. Susan says:

    I’m all for Hairston if it means I’ll never have to see Ramiro Pena on the Yankees again. Actually I wanted us to keep him after the 09 season. Good utility man.

  5. kevin says:

    Pena is a good fielder but unfortunately couldn't hit the water if he fell out of a boat. I wouldn't miss him.