MLB Rumors: Jerry Hairston Draws Interest from Yanks as Team May Bring Him Back

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17:  Jerry Hairston Jr. of the New York Yankees celebrates scoring on a throwing error by Maicer Izturis #13 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to win Game Two of the ALCS 4-3 during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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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