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Yanks, A's, Padres among teams bidding on Hairston

Jan 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Yankees, Athletics and Padres are among five teams that are in the running for free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. Rosenthal believes Hairston could make $2-3 million on a one-year deal, but is also fielding multi-year offers.



Hairston batted .251/.315/.394 with
10 home runs, 39 RBI and seven stolen bases in 383 at-bats between the
Reds and Yankees last season, but his main appeal is the ability to
play multiple positions.




Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle believes
the A’s are seeking a “high quality, young third baseman or shortstop
with some versatility,” but would also be open to finding a steal among
the remaining free agents. Hairston doesn’t fit the classification of
“young” — he’s turning 34 in May — but he would be a cheap, versatile
option. He’s also the older brother of Athletics outfielder Scott
Hairston, so that could help matters.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 9, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    “He’s also the older brother of Athletics outfielder Scott Hairston, so that could help matters.”
    Or complicate things should one get off to a poor start, or be on the trading block, etc.

  2. hop - Jan 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Why would the A’s and Pads want a utility guy? I’d say they have bigger holes to fill then that.

  3. D.J. Short - Jan 9, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    You’re right. Actually, with the outfield as currently constructed I wouldn’t be surprised to see Scott Hairston get traded.

  4. Dan Whitney - Jan 9, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    If “the A’s are seeking a “high quality, young third baseman or shortstop with some versatility,”” they should stay the hell away from Jerry Hairston. Or is this a “do as I say, not as I do” situation?

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