By Matt Snyder
DALLAS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to fill out their roster, having agreed to terms with utility player Jerry Hairston, pending a physical, the ballclub announced Monday night. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has learned it is a two-year, $6 million deal.
Hairston, 35, will now join his ninth team in nine seasons. He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Orioles before never spending more than one full season elsewhere. He hit .270/.344/.383 last season for the Nationals and Brewers, playing five different defensive positions.
“Jerry adds more versatility to our club and will help us at second and third base, shortstop as well as left and center field,” said general manager Ned Colletti. “He brings a veteran presence that can also help in the continued development of Dee Gordon.”
Though it would appear Hairston is being brought in to backup anywhere on the diamond, there's actually a possibility he ends up as the starting second baseman. Mark Ellis was signed earlier this offseason -- for a bit more money -- and the thought was it was to be the everyday second baseman, but Hairston is coming off a much better season. Even if Ellis begins the season as the starter and Hairston is expected to backup Ellis, shorstop Dee Gordon and third baseman Juan Uribe, respectively, on-field performance can very easily change plans.
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Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:47 pm