Aside from the bullpen, the most frequently maligned aspect of nearly every Yankee team of the aughts was the bench. The excuse was often that the Yankees couldn’t get quality bench players because said players might have a chance to be starters on other teams, but that’s pure folly — not that you should overpay for your bench, but it shouldn’t that difficult to staff a bench that won’t out-and-out kill you every time one of its members steps to the plate. Brian Cashman finally seemed to get the bench right last year, and though the team’s substitutes didn’t see Continue reading Addressing the Yankees' areas of weakness: The Bench
Are we there yet? In absurdly inconsequential but slightly amusing news, Scott Hairston and the Padres agreed on a one-year $2.45 million deal through salary arbitration, which means Scott will bring home nearly $500k more in 2010 than older brother Jerry, who spurned the Yankees for the opportunity to play with Scott in San Diego. While neither Hairston will ever be mistaken for world-beaters, Jerry’s always seemed like a slightly better player than his fringy brother (although the numbers don’t back this up: Scott’s a career .326 wOBA player and Jerry’s .313), and the salary discrepancy should make for some Continue reading Two Hairstons and a college punter
Last night, via the Home Plate channel’s Jim Bowden who spoke with Jerry Hairston Jr., we were told that the Yankees had not offered J-Hair a contract because they are waiting for Johnny Damon’s price to drop. However, the information was reported through Twitter and was influenced by a tweet’s character limitations (140 or less), preventing us from reading what Hairston actually said. Here’s a transcript to clarify (props to Andrew Fitzpatrick for emailing this to me): Host/Jim Bowden: “I have to ask you this, and it’s a two part question: Did the Yankees make you an offer and the Continue reading Hairston’s Damon claim
From Buster Olney: Two things: No. 1, the NYY never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, and No. 2, there has been no recent contact between NYY and Johnny Damon. The tidbit about Damon is to be expected, in that I doubt that the Yankees would be negotiating with Damon even if they actually wanted him back. They would be more likely to let Damon sit and fret upon the open market until he crawls back to them at a significantly reduced rate. Regarding Hairston, the Yankees lack of interest in him makes perfect sense. With players such as Ramiro Continue reading Olney: Yanks Made No Offer To Hairston
BIG, FAT, GIANT EDIT: SCOTT HAIRSTON IS NOT A FREE AGENT Since the World Series ended, we’ve spilled a lot of virtual ink on the left field situation. Well, I’m going to throw out more left field scenarios, with one of them spilling into the utility player’s spot as well. For today’s venture, we’ll be looking at the Hairston brother. As we’ve heard recently, and as Steve reported this morning, the Yankees are interested in bringing Jerry Hairston, Jr. back. In general, this seems like a pretty good move. Hairston offers extreme positional flexibility, as he can play all three Continue reading The Brothers Hairston
From the NY Times: Jerry Hairston Jr. started in center field for the Yankees, switched to right field in the eighth inning and finished the game at shortstop. Hairston doubled in the first two runs of the game, and continued to be as versatile as any Yankee. When Nick Swisher was asked where Hairston’s versatility ranked among other players, he said: “On a scale from 1 to 100, I’m thinking 100. It seems like the guy can do everything.” Since the Yankees acquired Hairston from the Cincinnati Reds on July 31, he has batted .382 with two homers, nine runs Continue reading Hairston A Great Addition
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 Continue reading Yanks get Jerry Hairston Jr.