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.


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52 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Jerry Hairston Jr."


dc21892
3 years 7 months ago

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

Ryan The Braves Fan For Life
3 years 7 months ago

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

Beatofficer
3 years 7 months ago

Dodgers signing every mediocre player in the market.

Joey E
3 years 7 months ago

why is colletti still employed? what the hell

3 years 7 months ago

Giants fans love his moves!

Daniel Dubay
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

To repeat, Giants fans love his moves!

Fifty_Five
3 years 7 months ago

I feel like they have enough infielders as it is

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months 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.

Bobby_213
3 years 7 months 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.

flakLAblue
3 years 7 months ago

but 6 millions? i understand 3.5

Will McLaren
3 years 7 months 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
BlueSkyLA
3 years 7 months ago

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

invader3k
3 years 7 months ago

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

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

Dodgers sign ALL THE INFIELDERS.

3 years 7 months ago

Only if they are 35 years an older !

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

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

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

Looks like Ned has been on a month long bender …

All Day Réy
3 years 7 months ago

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

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

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

– Matt Kemp

3 years 7 months ago

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

-Matt Kemp

Alex (not Pav)
3 years 7 months 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. 

AFCFAN06
3 years 7 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Speechless.

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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

That is one joke of an infield and overall lineup.

55saveslives
3 years 7 months ago

HAHA!

triple_play_baseball
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

CAD_Monkey
3 years 7 months ago

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

Daniel Dubay
3 years 7 months ago

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

55saveslives
3 years 7 months ago

Secret Agent Ned!

3 years 7 months ago

I’m calling it now.

Next week the Dodgers sign Nick Punto.

1 year. $2 Million

3 years 7 months ago

Try 2 years, $12MM.