Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Yankees, Athletics and Padres are among five teams that are in the running for free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. Rosenthal believes Hairston could make $2-3 million on a one-year deal, but is also fielding multi-year offers.
Hairston batted .251/.315/.394 with
10 home runs, 39 RBI and seven stolen bases in 383 at-bats between the
Reds and Yankees last season, but his main appeal is the ability to
play multiple positions.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle believes
the A’s are seeking a “high quality, young third baseman or shortstop
with some versatility,” but would also be open to finding a steal among
the remaining free agents. Hairston doesn’t fit the classification of
“young” — he’s turning 34 in May — but he would be a cheap, versatile
option. He’s also the older brother of Athletics outfielder Scott
Hairston, so that could help matters.
The Astros have acquired shortstop Aledmys Díaz from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Trent Thornton, the teams announced Saturday.
Díaz, 28, was originally acquired by the Blue Jays last winter in a swap for minor leaguer J.B. Woodman. He spent the entirety of his 2018 campaign in Toronto, where he slashed .263/.303/.453 with a .756 OPS and career-best 18 home runs through 452 plate appearances. While Díaz spent the bulk of his year filling in for an injured Troy Tulowitzki at short, he has experience at second and third base and may prove useful to the Astros as an extra outfield option, too.
Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Díaz will serve as protection if the Astros lose shortstop/utility player Marwin González to free agency this winter. González did not receive a qualifying offer from the club this month and has reportedly drawn interest from 29 of 30 clubs in the league.
Thornton, 25, was selected by the Astros during the fifth round of the 2015 draft. The right-hander was promoted to Triple-A Fresno in 2017 and has been up-and-down since then, though 2018 saw some modest improvements across the board as he turned in a 9-8 record through 22 starts with a 4.42 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 through 124 1/3 innings. He was one of several minor league players the Astros would have needed to protect in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on Tuesday.