Yankees In “Serious Talks” With Hairston

The Yankees are in serious talks with free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr., according to a tweet by ESPN's Chris Singleton. New York has "serious interest" in Hairston, and would use him to spell Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, as well as possibility platoon in left.

Last night we heard that there were five teams interested in Hairston, who's hit .281/.343/.432 in 730 plate appearances over the last two seasons while playing six positions. He finished the year as a World Champion with the Yanks.


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47 Comments on "Yankees In “Serious Talks” With Hairston"


5 years 7 months ago

Hairston is a helluva utility man, and I never realized it.

That’s not a half-bad slash line.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

he only hit .250 last year

5 years 7 months ago

Even if he doesn’t hit, he’s still a good utility man.

I’m just sayin’, if he can keep a line like that, he could easily fit into LF and bat ninth, and no one would notice.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

i hope this doesnt mean bye bye damon

5 years 7 months ago

they said goodbye months ago

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

but his asking price may get lower

brad1979
5 years 7 months ago

they didnt say bye they said were not payin that much…

yankswin27
5 years 7 months ago

YES!!! Love Hairston, very good signing.

yankees28
5 years 7 months ago

You won’t win championships because of Hairston, but you can sure lose without a guy like him. Sign him, Ca$h.

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

This is the most logical choice. Platoon Hairston and Gardner in left until Gardner fully develops.

yankswin27
5 years 7 months ago

YES!!!! Love Hairston, very good signing.

5 years 7 months ago

damon goodbye

5 years 7 months ago

see ya jonny

it was nice…

Im fine with jerry…

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

Kind of hate to see them get Hairston as a b/u guy when Damon/Nady/Ankiel/Winn types are still out there, then Boston went and got a far worse such player in Billy Hall, only because somebody else was going to pay for him and cut the CBT. Still wouldn’t rule out getting another better 4th OF and would further cut down on demands of Damon/Nady/Ankiel yet again perhaps.. Might actually be a way to further lower salary demands and get a super utility Amezega, Bloomquist, or Hall type that can actually hit some?

Pretty smart move by Cashman if he can get him for 1-2M, then follow up with one of the Boras clients for less than 5M.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 7 months ago

This signing, if it were to happen, does not mean the end of Damon exactly. Hairston is a versatile bench player that can play almost every postion except pitcher. I say Damon may yet be had for a 1/7 deal if he really wants to remain with the Yanks.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

damon must feel like a jack_ _ _ for not taking that 2 year 14 million offer he had earlier this winter.

yankswin27
5 years 7 months ago

No, Damon is gone for good. Signing Hairston means that they could possibly place Ramiro Pena in AAA to start the year, which I believe would be a good thing for him. If the Yankees see Hairston as their utility man off the bench, that just might mean that they are still looking for an OF bench bat.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Take some pine and collect rings, not a bad gig, unless you would prefer to actually play.

yankswin27
5 years 7 months ago

He plays all around the diamond. He’s GONNA play.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I am well aware of his versatility! Other teams that were interested like the A’s or Padres to only name a couple, he would have came close to a full year with other teams in Ab’s and games.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 7 months ago

This isn’t ganna end Damon. There getting hairston for the bench. Not to platoon with Gardner.

5 years 7 months ago

Reed Johnson will platoon with gardner when they sign him

AmericanMovieFan
5 years 7 months ago

I love this signing. Great utility guy. He isn’t great but he’s good. The Yanks had a disparity for many years in the early 2000’s between having great Cooperstown-bound players, over-the-arch former all stars and really bad utility guys filling the void. They’ve finally put together a team of very good players not just dominated by all-stars and fillers. Hairston, Jr. is perfect for this kind of a dynamic. I’d like to see a 1 year/$1.5MM deal with a club option for a 2nd year at $1.5MM.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with others. This doesn’t block Damon from returning at all. It simply solidifies our bench and gives us an option to platoon in LF if Damon doesn’t return. Nice solid bench with Cervelli, Hairston, and Pena. If Damon doesn’t return I would like them to add Randy Winn since he’s a switch hitter who plays good/decent defense in LF/CF/RF. Between Hairston and Winn that could be a ton of versatility.

5 years 7 months ago

Hairston would certainly fill the utility role well, he’d just be one of the more costly ones in the league, and it’s not like that is any obstacle for the Yankees.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 7 months ago

I wonder if the Yankees are ganna sign some big power bench guy since Hinske isn’t out there anymore? Any of you guys have any suggestions who would they get to be the Bench Power Hitter.

ryansiciliano
5 years 7 months ago

I think (and hope) Juan Miranda makes the team. He’ll provide some pop.

5 years 7 months ago

I think their going to go with Juan Miranda. Cause of the fact that the organization says that he has power and can be a good DH in the future

Sockmonkey23
5 years 7 months ago

He had one good year (2008) as a hitter, a complete fluke. Career 85 OPS+. He’s a good utility man, nothing more.

5 years 7 months ago

That is an incredible line for a utility man, did anyone else know he had such a great line? But obviously this doesn’t mean the end of Damon. The yankees didn’t sign him to play leftfield.