Joel Sherman has the news. Hairston, 33, was acquired from the Reds, where he hit .254/.305/.397. He can play the OF—all three positions—and some IF (3B, 2B, SS). Hairston isn’t as fast as Gardner (not even close), but he offers some speed and is a good OF defender while his defense in the IF is passable (I’m not sure about third, though). Solid bench move for the Yankees. I wonder if this ends Cody Ransom’s tenure with the club?
UPDATE – Jonathan Mayo is reporting that the Yankees might have sent Austin Jackson to the Reds in this deal though that hasn’t been confirmed. I refuse to believe that Brian Cashman would make such a move.
UPDATE – Mayo is now saying that the Jackson info is inaccurate. Whew…
UPDATE – The Yankees traded Chase Weems for Hairston.