Padres Sign Jerry Hairston Jr.

Let the brotherly tradition continue – the Padres signed Jerry Hairston Jr. to a one-year, $2.125MM deal a few days after re-acquiring Jerry's sibling Scott.

Jerry Hairston began the 2009 campaign with the Reds, and was acquired by the Yankees at the trade deadline in exchange for minor leaguer Chase Weems. For the year, Hairston Jr. posted a line of .251/.315/.394, and earned a World Series ring while playing plus defense in small samples at left field, shortstop, and second base. Hairston Jr. also appeared at third base, center field, and right field.

The near-agreement was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Sunday, with MLB.com's Corey Brock adding the salary today.

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.


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77 Comments on "Padres Sign Jerry Hairston Jr."


nyyankees25
5 years 6 months ago

i wanted the yanks to get him! o well

5 years 6 months ago

Chris Singleton was first to tweet about it, link to twitter.com.

Not sure why he would pass up a chance to play for the Yankees again or a better team, but it must be nice to be able to play with his brother.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Also, he would get significant more playing time with the Padres in contrast to the Yankees. Not to mention playing with his younger “bigger” brother.

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

Mickey makes a good point. He’ll get many more opportunities with the Padres. Living in San Diego is also a plus!

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Good to see you join the trade rumors forum.

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

From your link. Disqus did the rest.

You’ve made good points about Jerry Hairston Jr. all along. The move makes sense, and hopefully opens up some room to add depth at Catcher and Starting Pitcher.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Oh, I gotcha. I agree, hopefully an “innings eater” and a nice backup catcher are next to come.

I like Weaver to some degree, but still wonder about what pitchers we are indeed interested in. I hate that its so quiet, but I guess that could be a good thing. Garland and Davis seem to be out of the price range.

I love the direction of the team, more VET presence, speed, defense this should be an interesting year and exciting regardless of the final outcome.

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

Its certainly another bridge year. Can’t wait to watch Blanks in LF and Evvy at SS for the entire season. Could lead to BIG things in 2011 depending on what happens with A Gon.

Too bad we can’t be aggressive on the Catcher market right now. There is value there.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Agree, totally cant wait… but especially to see what Cabrera and Blanks along with some of the other youngsters can do in a full year.

Its definitely make or break for Headley, Hundley and Venable. Hopefully they continue to improve.

I want to be optimistic about Headley, but he makes it hard lol

However I do think he will be a valuable contributer this season comparable to Kouz.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 6 months ago

What do the Yankees plan on doing with the bench now >_> They let both Hairston an Hinske go -.-

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

good point…There are still utility players out there such as Alfredo Amezaga and even though Jerry did do great for the Yankees, this can only mean good news for people who want Damon on the Yankees such as myself because they wanted Jerry And Gardner in a platoon.

levendis
5 years 6 months ago

I doubt the Yankees are looking for any bench players, thyll use their AAA players for that.. They expect Pena/ russo and Hoffman to replace Hariston and Hinske.

5 years 6 months ago

Fernando Tatis is an option I like a lot. He is similar to Hairston in that he can play both IF and OF.

5 years 6 months ago

Not too many guys get to play with their brother in baseball so that has to be special for them.

5 years 6 months ago

Well, while not too many brothers get to do this- it seems to happen annually in San Diego. The Padres have a penchant for this. Giles brothers? Gonzalez brothers? Now the Hairston brothers? Maybe they should rename this team the Hermanos?

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

It’s the Bro-BI factory.

5 years 6 months ago

Don’t forget the Alomars and the Gwynns.

Padres e Hijos or Padres Y Hermanos

Hellsbells51
5 years 6 months ago

Everyone always forgets the Hoffmans as well! While Glenn doesn’t play, he still coaches and that counts IMO. Maybe we should promote Will Venable’s dad Max to the coaching staff next!?

So the bro combo’s have been:
Hairston’s
Gwynn’s
Alomar’s
Giles’
Gonzalez’s
Hoffman’s

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 6 months ago

“Brothers don’t shake hands…brothers hug!” – Tommy Boy

Cool deal…now we are going to have a plethora of outfielders… Guess this means AAA for Cunningham? I hope we get this locked up and get us a bet. starter Good times…good Moves by Hoyer…

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

I believe it’s “Brothers Gotta Hug”, but “I like your style man”.

Go Padres.

anthonymurillo
5 years 6 months ago

Yankees bench probably looks like:

-Ramiro Pena, U INF
-Jamie Hoffman, OF
-Fransico Cervelli, C
-Juan Miranda, 1B

Not very good. However, the Yankees started the 2009 season without Hinskie and Hairston Jr; both were acquired in the middle of the season. If the Yankees need to add bench pieces, they’ll probably acquire them in mid-season via trade, just as they did last season

5 years 6 months ago

Doing just that seemed to work well last year. It seems easy for teams to pick up role players to fill out a bench mid-season.

nyyankees25
5 years 6 months ago

this opens the door even wider for damon to return since the teams that considered him either signed someone else or are going to depend on their younger players

idahopirate
5 years 6 months ago

Well, SD’s new GM is certainly gaining a lot of PR points for bringing back Scotty and now trying to bring in his elder Brother Jerry. Perhaps these moves will even help morale? They are also decent players, so I’d say he is succeeding thus far. Any SD fans disagree?

padresfuture
5 years 6 months ago

Scott had some clutch hits. I like the versatility with Jerry. I think the Padres are an under the radar team this year. I don’t expect world series contenders, but they may surprise some people with 80-85 wins this year.

Ohhhplease
5 years 6 months ago

Very nice signing for the Pads, but I wonder now where does any PT come for Tony Gwynn Jr.? O. Salazar was a nice bench player, and can spell the corners in the infield or outfield, and have both Hariston’s. I wonder if maybe this means TG Jr. goes somewhere else ?

Or does he stay on as a 4th (5th?) outfielder, late defensive replacement and pinch runner?

Will be interesting to see….

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 6 months ago

I hope TG goes to another team or AAA … Let the Brothers split the CF time and let them fight for who is the better player by seeing what kinda numbers they can put up…that’s some serious competition right there….lol

padresfuture
5 years 6 months ago

They will use his left handed bat in the lineup and as a pinch runner/pinch hitter/defensive replacement.

5 years 6 months ago

Gwynn Jr likely will platoon with Scott Hairston in CF much as Scott Hairston and Gerut did in 2008.

RazorShines
5 years 6 months ago

Is Eckstein still there? If not, he should play 2nd base

waitingonwaveland
5 years 6 months ago

This looks like a good signing for the Padres. They will get a lot of versatility out him over the first couple months. Then since he has proven his Mark DeRosa like value, he will probably be traded to a contender near the deadline.

This seems like a good deal for Hairston Jr. and the Padres.

AirAttack714
5 years 6 months ago

the Yanks needed him badly considering hes all u need in terms of bench versatility and i think if he was promised a platoon with Brett gardner. Anyways, good luck to Jerry because i have a feeling he will be back midseason

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

If this deal does indeed get done, I think the Hoyer has done a good job of filling his utility role need.

I’d really like to see the Friars find a quality Catcher at a good price so they can sign a decent starter to add depth.

Come On Spring Training!

casd
5 years 6 months ago

Ha, the Padres had the Giles brothers a couple season ago, the Gonzalez brothers last year and now the Harriston’s. We should be the Hermano’s not the Padre’s.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 6 months ago

I’m glad we are going this direction….Hoyer definitely had a game plan here an it’s looking very nice….Crazy how much Padre happenings have occurred now when nothing was going on 4 ever….. I love it, Now Whos the Veteran Pitcher going to be?

Mickey…hey do you think they move Gwynn now at this point? I think Hoyer see’s him as a bench player (which he is) and is making the moves to solidify that .

Ohhhplease
5 years 6 months ago

I wonder if they move Gwynn to a team looking for a fourth outfielder (we have two in O. Salazar and J. Hairston) and will have S. Hairston on the bench at times.

Any ideas? Maybe the Mariners who are going to a super speed lineup as a 4th OF, Arizona, I just am not sure of matches. Would think the pads would get nothing more than a flyer type prospect in return.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I have thought about that because this is a new regime, it is possible, but I doubt it. He is a perfect 4-5th outfielder if you will.

I do not see Oscar S. playing that much in the outfield, thats an interesting situation because they guys D is sup par but he can rake.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I have thought about that because this is a new regime, it is possible, but I doubt it. He is a perfect 4-5th outfielder if you will.

I do not see Oscar S. playing that much in the outfield, thats an interesting situation because they guys D is sup par but he can rake.

5 years 6 months ago

While Jr is not his daddy and has little power, he does hit RHP very well. .290/.379 last season. He will likely platoon with Scott Hairston in CF much as Gerut did in 2008.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 6 months ago

JHJ was a good and useful player. Good luck in SD. I would imagine it was a question of PT vs playing on a contender. He has his WS ring now, so I guess you do what’s best for your career at this point. Maybe we’ll see him again in July? haha

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see a reunion.

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see a reunion.

Beersy
5 years 6 months ago

This Padre club is going to contend in the NL West this year. Gonzalez may even give them a hometown discount if there is a sign that they a commited to winning. With the good young players coming up in the farm system, Gonzalez may see some future in this club.

Oh yeah, I hope that Hairston Jr wins the 2nd base job and Eckstein becomes the backup infielder.

Go Padres

padre44
5 years 6 months ago

Not sure about the home town discount considering we are talking about 100+ Million for Adrian on the open market. Thats way too much dinero.

Jerry is going to get plenty of AB’s considering the roster, injuries, and his versatility.

Go Padres

padresfuture
5 years 6 months ago

I absolutely think Adrian would take a SD discount….. if and only if Adrian believes he has a chance to win a world series here. That will be a tough sell, more likely he gets traded at some point.

Ohhhplease
5 years 6 months ago

I think we go with baby steps, and just hope they are play .500 ball. It would reason to believe that one of the “sophomores” will have a down year, hopefully not. A full year of Blanks, and Latos (although I see him on a strict innings count), Richards and Venables could be exciting, I think they are a few arms away from being a legit contender for the NL West.

Hopefully Pads fans can look forward to an exciting season of hard-nosed ball, stolen bases, and good defense. Maybe the ghost of Sandy Alderson will finally be excised.

YODA777
5 years 6 months ago

Sandy Alderson takes way too many negative swipes by Padre fans. Sandy oversaw the rebuilding of our farm system, and Sandy’s true contribution to this club will not be fully appreicated for another two years when the deep Padre farm system begins to produce. Alderson too worked under the cheap ways of John Moores, lest we forget. I think this Padre team can contend in a weakened Western Division.

padresfuture
5 years 6 months ago

I feel like I may be the only person that thought Sandy was making good choices for this franchise. I completely understand what his plan was. Simply put, dont give players like klesko and nevin rediculous contracts and build the farm system. Farm system is in much better shape after 4 years of Alderson

jbowen24
5 years 6 months ago

Beersy – I completely agree with you. Gonzalez has said many times that he’d rather win than get paid. I think if the Padres show they are willing to put a contending team together within the next few years, I think he will take a hometown discount. Maybe something like the contract Peavy signed a few years ago. And I like Eckstein, but I think Jerry Hairston starting with Eckstein coming off the bench would make the team better.

What I would like to see:

Line Up: 1. Cabrera-SS, 2. Venable-RF, 3. Gonzalez-1B, 4. Blanks-LF, 5. S. Hairston-CF, 6. Headley-3B, 7. J. Hairston ( if signed )-2B, 8. Hundley-C

Rotation: C. Young, K. Correia, C. Richards, M. Latos, LeBlanc – Unless they sign someone else.

Bench: T. Gwynn, D. Eckstein, O. Salazar, A. Cunningham, & whatever back up C they sign

Bullpen: H. Bell, M. Adams, L. Gregerson, S. Gallagher, E. Mujica, C. Ramos, R. Webb

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Thatcher will be in the bullpen, he really started to come into his own. Possibly even Perdomo. Poreda later in the year.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Thatcher will be in the bullpen, he really started to come into his own. Possibly even Perdomo. Poreda later in the year.

davidcoonce
5 years 6 months ago

I’m worried about Cabrera’s ability to get on base – his walk rate was unacceptable last year and looked better than it was because of how frequently he walked as a #8 hitter – in the #1 and #2 spot in the lineup his OBP was terrible. I also don’t think S Hairston can play 2nd anymore. As far as the rotation, they’ll almost certainly sign a veteran instead of Leblanc, and I bet Thatcher makes the bullpen instead of Webb. I also think Gallagher’s a AAA guy at best.

5 years 6 months ago

Seriously?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?n1=cabreev01&year=&t=b#lineu

The kid had a combined OBP over .400 in 167 PA batting 2nd, 8th and 9th with the lowest being 8th at .394

And he was in LOW A in 2008.

Cut him some slack.

Scott Hairston doesn’t have to play 2B, the Padres signed Jerry Hairston Jr to backup at the middle infield positions.

davidcoonce
5 years 6 months ago

He barely batted 2nd, 8th or 9th, was terrible batting leadoff (218/307/382) and he batted leadoff way more than any other position in the lineup. Listen, I love the kid as much as anybody,but the Padres are foolish to bat him 1st in 2010.

Beersy
5 years 6 months ago

As much as I like Cabrera, and I really think he will be a great ball player, I hope the Padres don’t burden him with the leadoff spot. It is a very difficult spot in the lineup for any player, let alone a young player just learning how to play at the big league level. As well as he played last year we all have to remember that he played in AA the year before. The team doesn’t really have a leadoff hitter, I would have to go with whoever wins the second base job between Eckstein and Hairston JR. That’s why I would have preferred Rajai Davis for Kouz or just signed Reed Johnson. Platooning either one with Gwynn Jr in center and batting them in the leadoff hole would have solved our problem. Still I like where this team is going, not just this year, but down the road as well.

Oh by the way, I think that Thatcher will and should make the team.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

I just can’t see eckstein becoming a back-up IF. He had a down year but can still bat around .290 ish, which is better than JHJ. Jerry will probz be a super utility with semi-regular playing time. And it’s the NL now so probably some PH appearances.

padres24
5 years 6 months ago

Man, that looks like a really good young team probably ready to contend. I like that lineup, but I would love to see the Hairston brothers together without removing Eck from the lineup, I just think he brings A LOT to the table with a lot of intangibles. How bout Venable to the bench and JH Jr in Right?