Yanks interested in bringing back Jerry Hairston Jr.


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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  1. Mike Pop says:

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


    • Steve B. says:

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

  2. A.D. says:

    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 says:

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

      • A.D. says:

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

        • Zack says:

          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 says:

      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.

  3. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

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

    • Evilest Empire says:

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

    • whozat says:

      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 says:

        That’s why you sign Jerry FIRST! Muahahaha!

      • JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

        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.

  4. Evilest Empire says:

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

    • Chris says:

      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.

  5. pete luciano says:

    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 says:

      My point exactly…

    • JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

      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.)

  6. AJ says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  7. alex lopez says:

    i want soriano back!!!!

  8. Drew says:

    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.

  9. Camilo Gerardo says:

    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

  10. 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.

  11. scooter10 says:

    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.

  12. scooter10 says:

    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.

  13. MrPappageorgio says:

    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.

  14. Steve H says:

    Bring in his brother, perfect caddy for Gritner.

  15. Pete C. says:

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

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  17. MikeD says:

    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.

    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.

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