OK, so it might not be headline news. Still, a Yankee's a Yankee. Well, prospectively, anyway. From MLB Trade Rumors:
- 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 their 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.
I can't believe Tony La Russa hasn't scooped up this guy yet.
In 2006, Hairston played left field more than anything else, but played six other positions.
In 2007, Hairston played center field more than anything else, but played five other positions.
In 2008, Hairston played shortstop more than anything else, but played five other positions.
In 2009, Hairston played third base more than anything else, but played five other positions.
Oh, and before turning 28 he was almost entirely a second baseman.
Basically, he can do anything reasonably well except pitch and catch.
Essentially, this saves you a roster spot, which becomes particularly useful when your manager insists on carrying a full dozen pitchers (and can the baker's dozen be far behind?). I wasn't thrilled with Joe Girardi's decision to give Hairston a start in Game 2 of the World Series; Hairston simply doesn't hit enough to play one of the outfield corners if there's a decent alternative (and there was).
But as the last guy on the bench, able to play just about anywhere? He's perfect.