Monday, December 5, 2011

Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston 2-year deal

The Dodgers' busy, but not especially successful, off-season continued today as they agreed to terms with utility man Jerry Hairston on a two-year deal.

He'll make $6 million in those two years.

The former Brewer, National, Padre, Yankee, Red, Ranger, Cub and Oriole hit .270/.344/.383 last season. He'll be a fine utility player, but did the Dodgers really need him?

Probably not. But it was probably one of the best signings of the off-season, which is saying something for a team in desperate need of offense.

I'm sure Hairston won't make $3 million this season, but it seems like money better spent in other areas.

Update (Dec. 5, 4:13 p.m.): Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times has the details.
"Jerry Hairston Jr. has signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the . He will earn $2.25 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013."
So, not as backloaded as I thought -- not that a $6 million contract could be that backloaded.

Hairston can play second base, third base, shortstop and all the outfield spots effectively. He'll be this season's "supersub."


And then there's this from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal:
"#Dodgers still working on Harang. Deal expected to be north of Capuano. Two years, $12M range. #MLB"
I said I wasn't opposed to the Chris Capuano/Harang duo replacing Hiroki Kuroda and bumping Nathan Eovaldi to a bullpen role, but to see the amount of money being doled to mediocre veterans, it makes me wonder why that money wasn't spent on Hiroki?

It just doesn't make sense. I could drone on about this in every post for the rest of the off-season, but I'm going to leave it at that.


  1. Think McCHEAP is the culprit here!!! Dodgers wont contend until we have a new owner....Hopefully (new owner) can own the team and stay in contention until the trade deadline....All the backloaded contracts are going to hurt, especially for the talent of Capuano and Treanor!!