Monday January 18, 2009
The San Diego Padres cornered the market on Hairston's today by signing Jerry Jr., the big brother of new (old?) Padre Scott, to a $2.125 million one year deal.
Over the past 25 years the Padres have been the league leaders in brothers. The Alomars, Gwynns (even hired the kid), Giles', and Gonzalez's have all played together in a Padres uniform and now the Hairstons' will get their chance. Talk about keeping it in the family.
Jerry Hairston Jr.(33), who like his younger brother Scott began his career as a Second Baseman, will fill a super utilty position.for the Padres backing up David Eckstein and Everth Cabrera in the middle infield as well as being available to play all 3 outfield positions. Jerry Jr and his brother both play a number of positions well and this gives quite a bit of flexibility when filling out the lineup card.
Hairston Jr. is a career .259/.328/.373/.701 hitter and a plus defender at 2B and all 3 OF positions, but lacks the power of his brother Scott. He began last season with the Cincinnati Reds and finished the season on the World Champion New York Yankees. The Padres will be Hairston Jr.'s 6th team in his 12 year career.
Welcome aboard Jr.