Dodgers Sign Jerry Hairston Jr.

The Dodgers have signed Jerry Hairston Jr. to a two-year deal worth $6MM plus incentives, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The 35-year-old has passed his physical. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the contract will pay Hairston $2.25MM in 2012 and $3.75MM in 2013.

Hairston hit .270/.344/.383 in 376 plate appearances for the Brewers and Nationals in 2011. His production was remarkably consistent before and after the Nats moved him at the trade deadline — he had a .727 OPS for both teams. The Brewers and Giants were among the other clubs interested in signing Hairston.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman first reported that Hairston and the Dodgers were getting close to a two-year deal.

52 Responses to Dodgers Sign Jerry Hairston Jr. Leave a Reply

  1. dc21892 4 years ago

    Are the Dodgers doing this so teams in need of middle infield help have to trade them for it?

  2. Ryan The Braves Fan For Life 4 years ago

    They need an owner! They could be getting prince if they had one

  3. Beatofficer 4 years ago

    Dodgers signing every mediocre player in the market.

  4. Joey E 4 years ago

    why is colletti still employed? what the hell

    • Giants fans love his moves!

      • Daniel Dubay 4 years ago

        as a diehard dodger fan, i couldnt agree more. what is with coletti signing all these utility infielders

        • It’s all a conspiracy. Ned is purposely keeping the Dodgers down in order to give the Giants a better team because his heart is still stuck in San Francisco where he worked for quite some time.

  5. Fifty_Five 4 years ago

    I feel like they have enough infielders as it is

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      No, they didn’t. I was clear from the roster that they needed someone to backup at short. The team now has two utility infielders, which is totally normal.

  6. Bobby_213 4 years ago

    I think this is a decent pick-up. Unlike Kennedy, Hairston brings some offense to the table, and you can pretty much play him anywhere. He’ll take over that role played by Aaron Miles.

  7. Will McLaren 4 years ago

    I really can’t believe Jerry Hairston can still get paid 6 mil for 2 years. Moves like this aren’t gonna get the Dodgers back into the playoffs

    Kids growing up right now should really focus on being able to play every position… it works out in the end.

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      I heard the same thing about Jamie Carroll when he was signed two years ago.

  8. invader3k 4 years ago

    I was really hoping the Brewers would re-sign him.

  9. Darmintak 4 years ago

    Dodgers sign ALL THE INFIELDERS.

    • Only if they are 35 years an older !

      • Darmintak 4 years ago

        Baseball players are like wine and cheese, according to the Dodgers! They become better as they age. 😛

      • Darmintak 4 years ago

        Baseball players are like wine and cheese, according to the Dodgers! They become better as they age. 😛

  10. Looks like Ned has been on a month long bender …

  11. All Day Réy 4 years ago

    Oh, oh, Sign me next! Sign me next!

  12. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    “Kennedy, Capuano, Ellis, Treanor, and now Hairston Jr.? FML!”

    – Matt Kemp

    • “Ned, you can sign all the talentless players you want. Allz I know is, I just got paid!!!”

      -Matt Kemp

  13. Alex (not Pav) 4 years ago

    Why do I as a Giants fan, always breathe a sign of relief when some middle-aged, middling, not-so-great player signs with another team. 

  14. AFCFAN06 4 years ago

    I thought the dodgers were broke spending alot of money of filler guys in my opinion

  15. vtadave 4 years ago


    C – Ellis
    1B – Loney
    2B – Ellis (2 Ellis’ are better than 1?)
    SS – Gordon
    3B – Uribe
    OF – Rivera, Kemp, Ethier
    Bench – Treanor, Sands, Kennedy, Hairston, and probably Gwynn

    Rotation: Kershaw, Billingsley, Lilly, Harang, Capuano
    Bullpen: Guerrier, Elbert, Hawksworth, Guerra, Jansen plus two from a group of Troncoso, Bellisario, Eveland, Lindblom, and other assorted junk

    Hopefully the new owner has enough money to absorb a lot of dead weight in 2012/2013.

    • thegrayrace 4 years ago

      Lindblom will make the bullpen unless he has a terrible spring. He was lights out last season.

      Eveland would probably make the most sense for that last bullpen spot… spot starter, long relief, etc…

      I’m quietly hoping that Hairston starts at 3B over Uribe… at least Hairston knows how to get on base.

    • I’m with you on a lot of this post until you lumped Lindblom in with “other assorted junk”.

      • vtadave 4 years ago

        My bad on that. I forgot how good he was down the stretch to be honest.  Like to see the walks come down a bit, but agreed that he should have a job barring a bad spring.

        • No worries. I feel like the bullpen is actually one of their strong suits. 

          I agree with many though when asking about all these mediocre signings with money that could have brought in an impact bat.

    • Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

      That is one joke of an infield and overall lineup.

  16. 55saveslives 4 years ago


  17. triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

    Dodger fans need to realize that we’re not getting Prince or anyone who is going to be a lineup changer. These types of signings should be expected for now.

    As far as the actual signing, I like him as our replacement for Carroll. He can play multiple positions with a decent bench bat. 6MM for 2 years may have been over market price, but I don’t think it’ll be a handcuff when the new owner steps in. Just doesn’t make sense to have Adam Kennedy in the mix as well. Would’ve rather had Hairston and given an opportunity to a guy like Sellers. 

    • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 years ago

      “6MM for 2 years may have been over market price, but I don’t think it’ll be a handcuff when the new owner steps in”

      That’s the thing, how many “over market price” signings are tolerable, before it becomes a collection of idiotic moves? Every GM is guilty of paying a little too much here and there, but Ned is guilty of doing it consistently without regard, or learning from it.

      I could get over McDonald’s overcharging me once, but it’s not an invitation to do it every time.

      • triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

        If we’re talking about Ned’s tenure, then I couldn’t agree with you more. But as far as this particular deal goes, I don’t see it being that big of a problem. Hairston provides depth at multiple positions and his bat is decent. A durable utility player is something we did actually need. He should be a solid player off the bench.

        I think the thing most fans are frustrated about is the mediocrity of the players. I am as well and can’t wait for Ned to pack his bags, but this one doesn’t have me angry.

        • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 years ago

          Good points Triple, good points. As frustrating as things are right now, at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike some organizations, the Dodgers will have the resources for a successful future..eventually.

          • triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

            That’s the only thing getting me through this offseason. We’ll be back soon enough

  18. CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

    Thank god we didn’t re-sign Kuroda!  Where would we be without Ellis, Kennedy, Hairston, Capuano, and Harang?

  19. Daniel Dubay 4 years ago

    1. is colletti still working for the giants
    2. if not, does he think these guys have value?

  20. I’m calling it now.

    Next week the Dodgers sign Nick Punto.

    1 year. $2 Million

  21. kidsmoke96 4 years ago

    This is a genius move by Colletti. By cornering the market on all veteran utility infielders, he thereby inflates the value of them come trade time. Never mind that the money they spent on Ellis, Kennedy and Hairston could have gone to Kuroda. This will pay off handsomely come June 30 when panicked pennant contenders give LA their top prospects in exchange for one of these guys.

    Hopefully Eckstein and Graffanino un-retire soon they can be scooped by the Dodgers as well.

  22. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 years ago

    I’m embarrassed.

  23. hallwagner 4 years ago

    KNEW IT!

  24. John Adams 4 years ago

    Dodgers have made alot of unimpressive moves in the offseason so far. LOL

  25. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    This is officially the strangest offseason stratagem I’ve ever witnessed…

    • thegrayrace 4 years ago

      Ned’s just trying to get all the bases covered… three or four times, if possible.

  26. Ken Chia-Hung Wu 4 years ago

    Wait wait…now we all agree that Hairston is like a Jamey Carroll right? So I just looked it up and Carroll signed with the Twins for 2 years at 6.75 WITH a mutual option….so didn’t he set the market for guys LIKE Hairston?? HOW DID NED OVERPAY???

  27. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Great guy, solid fielder, decent bat, and great in the clubhouse

    Wish him the best in LA

  28. I PErsoNAlly Never Liked THat DuDe..!!! EmBarrased TO BE iN L.A And RooTiNG FOR My DodGEr SQuAD… GEt KErsHAw A DEAL .. THEn They CAn BUIld AROunD KERSHAW/KEMP…

  29. chee1rs 4 years ago

    bandaid move

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