Padres avoid arbitration with Scott Hairston

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hairston high five.JPGThe Padres have avoided one of those often-tumultuous arbitration hearings with outfielder Scott Hairston, signing him Tuesday afternoon to a $2.45 million contract for the 2010 season.  The news comes via MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Hairston requested $2.9 million from the Padres and was offered $2.1 million when
arbitration figures were exchanged two weeks ago, so a little compromise was needed on both sides.  He hit .265/.307/.456 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 11 stolen bases last year in 430 at-bats between Oakland and San Diego.  The 29-year-old is expected to serve in a center field platoon this season with Tony Gwynn Jr..

The Padres also acquired his brother, Jerry Hairston Jr., this offseason with a one-year, $2.15 million free agent contract.  He’s expected to serve in a kind of super-utility role for the club, backing up multiple positions on the infield and outfield.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.

Mets to place Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.

Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.

With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.