“Jerry is one of the most versatile players in baseball and a great fit for our club,” said Hoyer. “He will see action at nearly every position on the field and will give Bud Black a lot of flexibility in filling out the lineup card and making in-game changes.”
Jerry Hairston, 33, split the 2009 season between Cincinnati and New York (AL), beginning the year with the Reds before being traded to the Yankees in exchange for catcher Chase Weems on July 31. He combined to hit .251 (96-for-383) with 23 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 39 RBI and 62 runs scored in 131 games between the two clubs last year. The utility man made appearances at second base (12 games), third base (49 games), shortstop (42 games), left field (19 games), center field (five games) and right field (14 games) in 2009.
He is the older brother of Padres outfielder Scott Hairston, who was acquired Saturday from the Oakland A’s. In joining San Diego, the two would become the seventh set of brothers to play for the Padres and the fifth to play as teammates.
Originally signed by Baltimore as an 11th-round selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Hairston has hit .259 (822-for-3178) with 179 doubles, 18 triples, 49 home runs, 291 RBI and 448 runs scored in 1,029 games over parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Orioles (1998-2004), Chicago Cubs (2005-06), Texas Rangers (2006-07), Reds (2008-09) and Yankees (2009).