Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston Jr.
DALLAS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers capped a flurry of activity on the first day of baseball's winter meetings by signing free-agent infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. on Monday. Hairston's two-year deal is worth $6 million, according to a source.
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Hairston becomes the second utility infielder the club has signed in a six-day stretch, joining Adam Kennedy.
Hairston, 35, will provide depth at second, third and in the outfield, and he also can play shortstop if needed, although he appeared in only two games there in 2011, which he split between the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.
A 14-year major league veteran who is joining his ninth club, Hairston is a career .258 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, and he has never hit more than 10 home runs or driven in more than 50 runs in any season. He hit .270 with a .344 OBP, 21 doubles, five homers and 31 RBIs in 2011.
Hairston will receive base salaries of $2.25 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013, according to a source, but the second-year salary escalates to $3.8 million if he has at least 475 plate appearances in 2012 and to $3.875 million if he has 500 plate appearances in 2012. The second year also contains performance bonuses of $50,000 for 475 plate appearances in 2013 and $75,000 for 500 plate appearances in 2013.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.