Of course, just as I conclude my review of the shortstop market, the Brewers acquire a new second baseman that can also play the left infield.
Jerry Hairston, Jr., 35, is the newest addition to the Brewers’ revolving door at second base. He also plays some third and short and some outfield, a true swiss army knife type of guy. You have to wonder if the end is near for Craig Counsell.
With the Nationals this year, Hairston was batting a respectable .268, with a .342 on base percentage and .385 slugging in 238 plate appearances. He’s shown a bit of pop with 11 doubles and 4 HR. Hairston’s defense at third hasn’t been great, but he did accumulate a 3.4 zone rating in 381 innings at second in 2010 with the Padres, and 3.9 at short that same year.
This seems like Doug Melvin just hedging his bets in case he can’t put anything else together by Sunday’s trade deadline. All contending teams are looking for utility pieces, and Melvin would have been foolish not to pull the trigger on a low-salary player like Hairston.