Yanks interested in bringing back Jerry Hairston Jr.

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Via MLBTR, the Yanks are one of five teams that have expressed interest in free agent jack-of-all-trades Jerry Hairston Jr. Sucka got no juice, the proprietor of said rumor, says that Jerry could get as much as $2-3M on a one year deal, though he’s received multi-year deals as well. The Yanks could certainly afford that, especially since he’d also double as a backup backup plan for left field.

The bench right now is decidedly young, and Jerry did a bang up job during his stint in pinstripes last year. It’s not every day that you can find a guy to come off the bench and get on base 35% of the time while running into the occasional fastball.

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  • Mike Pop

    I guess it would be a good move, now we know it won’t happen because Cashman can’t build a bench.

    /Bo’d

    • Steve B.

      Yeah..Cashman can’t build a bench…except the bench he built that won a World Series championship. That bench was pretty good, right ??

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
  • A.D.

    Figure he’d be inclined to re join the Yanks, bench/role player chance to win a WS >>>> bench/role player no chance to win a WS

    • Zack

      more like: 3m+ >>>>>>> 1-2m

      • A.D.

        Yeah I’m assuming that salary would be similar, just Yanks wouldn’t provide multi years, and probably less playing time.

        • Zack

          Yeah, he’s ‘only’ made 10m (closer to 6m after taxes) in his career. If a team offers him ~2yr/4-5m he should absolutely take the offer, I would, most of us would. He has his ring, he can tell his grandkids he was a world champion, now its time to set your family up for life

    • Ed

      The problem with that is he’ll most likely have a smaller role with the Yankees than he would elsewhere. That would hurt his value when he looks for his next contract – especially if he has a poor season.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    Hairston + Reed Johnson would be around $5 million, right? Or does one exclude possibility of the other?

    • Evilest Empire

      Probably closer to $6M but I bet Cashman could squeeze it out of those money grubbin’ Steinbrenners and their tight purse strings.

    • whozat

      It’ll be harder to sell Jerry on coming to NY if you take away a big chunk of his potential ABs by getting another solid righty bat to play in the OF.

      • Evilest Empire

        That’s why you sign Jerry FIRST! Muahahaha!

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Mmm…good point. It would be nice to have an all-around veteran utility guy like Hairball in addition to a platoon bat, but Hairston won’t sign up for that if it reduces his ABs, nor should he.

  • Evilest Empire

    He’s also probably a better option than Pena for 3B whenever A-Rod needs a DH day.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

    <33%*?

    • Chris

      See, now you’re nit picking. Just because he’s 34 and has a career .328 OBP doesn’t mean that he won’t get on base 35% of the time.

  • pete luciano

    Sign Damon, stop the nonsense, Gardners flaws will be magnified when he starts. Get a right handed bench player, ie Mora, Thames, Gomes. You’ll need a righty bench player when you see other teams turn Granderson around late in games.

    • Bxbomber

      My point exactly…

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      While I agree that Gardner will be exposed (though I’m cautiously optimistic), it’s not as simple as “just sign Damon.” If the money isn’t in budget, it’s not there. There’s a good reason they’re sticking to budget, and it appears Damon just doesn’t fit their present plans. If they can get him for one year and within budget, fucking awesome. Seriously.

      But otherwise, we’re looking at the #9 spot in a very, very good looking lineup—we don’t need a great hitter, just a serviceable one who adds value on defense. Gardner, at worst, projects as a guy who can give you some good value defensively and in the running game. A good righty platoon mate that hits lefties well and can spell Granderson if his struggles against lefties continue, should suffice.

      You don’t want Mora, Thames or Gomes. Besides, I think Gomes joined the carcass of Limp Bizkit.

      Reed Johnson fits well.

      (All of this is coming from an individual with an extreme hatred of Brett Gardner, so that should tell you something.)

  • AJ

    If we’re going to spend 3M on a one year deal with Hairston, can’t we spent 6-7M more to get Damon on a one year 9-10M deal which he’d probably welcome at this point? The production of Hairston and Damon is not even close.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      If we’re going to spend 3M on a one year deal with Hairston, can’t we spend 17-18M more to get Holliday on a seven year 130M deal which he’d probably welcome at this point? The production of Hairston and Holliday is not even close.

      • Master of all Trades

        Those two senerios are not close.
        Damon 1 year fo 9/10
        Holliday 7 years at 120/130
        I agree with AJ.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          This shocks me. Shoot a warning shot over the bow next time you sneak up on a mate like that. Common courtesy, chief.

          • Master of all Trades

            Didn’t mean to hit you with a grenade. I just want Damon back. I would love to see Haiston and Damon but these are tough economic times, so I understand that the Yankees have to have a payroll….gulp….limit.

  • alex lopez

    i want soriano back!!!!

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Buying back toxic securities, are we?

    • Salty Buggah

      Yep, I was right a few days ago.

      alex lopez = alex gonzalez

    • Steve H

      We never had Rafael Soriano, did we? (because there’s no way in hell you mean Alfonso)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Dewey Soriano.

        Career minor leaguer who briefly played for the 1951 San Fransisco Seals when they were our minor league affiliate.

        http://www.baseball-reference......rian001dew

  • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

    I’ma put it to ya straight. I really can’t even see straight right now. Even still, this seems like a move that is obvious. The way I see it, it’s a 1.5 million $ swing. Proven jack of all trades for 2 mil or Russo to play the same role for 400-500K. Make a choice and move on. I do not in anyway want J-Hair as our competing LFer. He only comes back as a util guy imo.

  • Camilo Gerardo

    cubs were looking to mobe Zambrano… I wonder what a Soriano Scenario, hehe, would be like? he could strike out all he wants to in the 9 hole after all

    • Slugger27

      I wonder what a Soriano Scenario, hehe, would be like?

      it would be shitty.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      cubs were looking to mobe Zambrano… I wonder what a Soriano Scenario, hehe, would be like? he could strike out all he wants to in the 9 hole after all

      Do me a favor: Stop wondering about things.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I would like Hairston back in the UT role, but I wonder if that would get in the way of signing a platoon partner for Gardner. Let’s use Reed Johnson. Say the Yankees sign Johnson AND Hairston. That likely means that either Hoffmann returns to the Dodgers almost automatically (unless they work out a trade) or Gardner gets optioned back to SWB to start the year, which is not desirable, because then RJ is your everyday LF, which you don’t want.

    Then again, having Russo and Pena, both of whom are awfully green, fight it out for the UT spot isn’t exactly a great option either. Though the bench role any of these players–JH, RJ, RP, KR, etc.–would fill might end up being relatively small, it’s still a hard decision to make.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Why wouldn’t Hairston be that platoon partner for Gardner?

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        Because the Yankees need to sign Reed Johnson to force him to get rid of that gross facial hair. That’s also why they acquired Chad Gaudin and Nick Swisher.

        It’s a public service the team provides. They draw the line at Juan Uribe, however.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        This is many hours later and I doubt you’ll see it, but…

        Jerry Hairston has a .708 career OPS vs. LHP. He’s not exactly an ideal platoon partner if he’s not going to be hitting at least average against LHP.

  • scooter10

    I definately would like J-Hair back. 1 year, $2.75m. Or, 2 years, $4.5m. And I think he would easily end up with 200-300 AB’s. He would play some LF against righties and the INF whenever Arod needs a DH day off. You also figure guys will get banged up as well. And he would be a good pinch runner for guys like Posada and N.Johnson.

  • scooter10

    On my comment above, I meant to say LF against lefties (i.e. let J-Hair platoon with Gardner) with Hoffmann also in competition for time. I think the Yankees are only signing one more bench player to a major league contract. Hairston provides more flexibility in my mind than Reed Johnson because he can also play the INF.

  • MrPappageorgio

    It’s not every day you can find a guy to come off the bench and ruin a perfect game by Andy Pettitte….for 2-3 million dollars.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Seriously. That alone is reason enough not to sign him.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Technically, he didn’t come off the bench in that game. He started the game at 3rd.

    • steve (different one)

      i agree. the Yankees should also let Jeter walk after this season b/c he made an error in Game 2 of the ALCS.

  • Steve H

    Bring in his brother, perfect caddy for Gritner.

    • RichYF

      Alright, now I’m paying attention. Any time you get a chance you mention that the Yankees should get Scott Hairston. Everyone heard you the first 12 times.

      • Steve H

        Scott Hairston would be great for the Yankees, can play LF/CF and mashes lefties.

        /13th timed

      • Steve H

        Are you going to go into every thread when someone mentions the Yankees should bring back Johnny Damon and let them all know everyone heard them the 1st 12 (or 100) times?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Hey, you know who would be a great LF addition? Mike Cameron.

          • Steve H

            Ben Sheets would be a great addition to the pitching staff.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Damaso Marte is a damn good relief pitcher.

              • Steve H

                Justin Duchsherer (don’t kill me for spelling, didn’t look it up, and it’s not like it’s Abreau or Petite or something) would be great as a starter/swingman and could compete with Joba/Phil for the rotation and the loser could end up in the pen.

  • Pete C.

    The team would only be helped by reaquiring this guy at that price.

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  • MikeD

    It’s not every day that you can find a guy to come off the bench and get on base 35% of the time while running into the occasional fastball.
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    He would be a good fit if he can get on base 35% of the time. He has had seasons where he’s matched or exceeded that, but overall his career OBP is .328 OBP, and last year it was .315. That said, having a player who can play multiple positions, pinch hit, pinch run and can platoon with Gardner wouldn’t be a bad pick up if he can keep his OBP north of .330, which is possible.