Wait, there’s another Hairston? …
The Padres have reached an agreement with utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. on a one-year deal worth $2.125 on Monday.
He will be the second member of the Hairston acquired by the team in three days.
On Saturday, the Padres re-acquired Scott Hairston from the A’s for
third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Scott Hairston played parts of three
seasons (2007-09) with the Padres before he was traded to the A’s in
Jerry Hairston, who is 33 and four years older than his brother, has been a free-agent target of the Padres all winter.
In fact, the Padres were talking to him and the agent whom he
and his brother share, Casey Close, about a deal to be the right-handed
outfield bat that they needed.
Instead, the Padres traded for Scott Hairston.
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said on Saturday that the
team now has its sights set on finding a veteran pitcher, but indicated
that the team is still looking for depth for the middle infield.
Jerry Hairston played third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield last season with the Reds and Yankees.
Jerry Hairston, a career .271 hitter in the National League
(compared with .253 in the American League), would likely back up Chase
Headley at third base, Everth Cabrera at shortstop and second baseman
Jerry Hairston, who has been in the big leagues since 1998, has
never played with his brother. The two were teammates last spring for
Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Corey Brock, MLB.com,