18 Jan 2010
Jerry Hairston just signed a one-year/$2.15 million deal with the Padres. It’s not that shocking that the Yankees let him go, he just doesn’t have the bat to play the outfield and Ramiro Pena can do almost exactly the same things Hairston does.
His signing means that of the seven free agents the Yankees had at the end of 2009, four have found homes. Hinske (Atl), Matsui (Ana) and Hairston (SD) all went elsewhere with Pettitte coming back to NY. It leaves Nady, Damon and Molina still looking for a team to play on next year and we are less than a month from pitchers and catchers.