2013 Dodgers in Review #15: 3B/UT Jerry Hairston

90topps_jerryhairston.211/.265/.275 226pa 2hr .244 wOBA -0.4 fWAR F

2013 in brief: Completely fell apart in the second half and was left out of the playoffs.

2014 status: Free agent, and at 38 and coming off such a terrible season, it might be the end of the road.

Previous: 2012

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It’s probably important to remember that Jerry Hairston was a pretty useful bench piece in 2012 (.320 wOBA, 1.5 WAR), because 2013… well, just couldn’t have really gone worse. After a crash course in learning how to play first base in the spring, just because the team had never identified a backup for Adrian Gonzalez, Hairston started games at left, right, first, and third in the first month, yet was hitting only .255/.304/.353 when he injured his groin in early May.

He returned in late May, displacing Dee Gordon, and that just might have been the most value he provided all year. I mean, Hairston’s been a valuable utility guy for a long time, so I don’t really want to speak poorly of him, but it was pretty clear he was cooked. After some signs of life in June (.279/.333/.326), July was bad (.188/.297/.375), August was worse (.195/.244/.195), and September was just dire (.069/.069/.069). In the entire second half he hit .143/.189/.179; against lefties all year, he hit .179/.253/.192.

By the end of the season, we were openly praying that he wouldn’t make the playoff roster, and he didn’t, with Gordon & Scott Van Slyke each making it ahead of him. If you’re wondering how it is we got to the end of the season so quickly here, well, I haven’t even used his category tag since 2012‘s review. There’s just not a lot to say about a player who was generally awful, yet didn’t make for any individual memories.

Again, that’s not to disparage Hairston or the signing, because the idea of a multi-positional type has been a very valid one considering the multitude of injuries this club has had. It just only worked out for year one, and year two was so lousy that it just might have ended Hairston’s long, valuable career.

So is he coming back next year? Hang on, let’s ask Jerry himself:

jerry_hairston_shocked

Signs point to “no”.

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Next! Hey, Carl Crawford was better than expected, right?

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790 comments
JackedNate
JackedNate

Fucking fractured my foot last night. Day to day, no need for DL.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Are Posting fees payed all at the same time? If so is paying 50-75 million up front actually better than paying money later on the luxury tax. 

JackedNate
JackedNate

Hairston gets a B for broadcasting. I like Tanaka because his name reminds me of Tatanka, one of my fav wrestlers.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

The more Kasten speaks, and based on the Rosenthal tweet, the more I think the only SP the Dodgers sign is Haren,or potentially Yoon from Korea

JackedNate
JackedNate

@Catfishin Bummed I have to work til 330. Hopefully the delivery dude follows my note and the clues I left behind for him to hide it.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@Catfishin see how many times you can masturbate before it arrives, or before you pass out. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

dont drive up that price, baby - kasten to everyone

Lobo
Lobo

@ JohnM I highly disapprove of this album title but I really like this song

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim "Hall of Very Nice Guys, Except for Ty Cobb"

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Disgruntled Goat well i'd have to break out my abacus but the luxury tax is rather severe nowadays and increases each year. if you add that to the fact that there is not another available pitcher of Tanaka's (supposed) skill, it seems a given. 

Lobo
Lobo

@PagansOedipalComplex @TellMyWifeISaidHello I think in the end it's really going to depend on whether or not management thinks ZLee will be ready for a full time rotation slot in 2014 (not necessarily right out of the gate).  That will probably influence what starting pitcher(s) they get and for how long

DBrim
DBrim moderator

The "otherwise" might be a little kinky.