Originally Posted by GAC
Again.... Hairston's contributions to the team this year has been welcomed. But when I hear the Red's TV announcers yesterday slobbering all over this guy... and yes, he had a very solid game yesterday....and proclaiming they have finally found a legitimate
leadoff hitter for this team in Jerry Hairston then I just shake my head in bewilderment.
The numbers he is currently putting up for us he has never even came close to putting up in his entire playing career
. It's an anomaly. Don't be fooled.
It was an "experiment" that then Cub's manager Baker tried back in 2005 with Patterson and Hairston, and with very little success.....
Here are Hairston's numbers for the last three years when batting leadoff (280 ABs)....
.250 BA .324 OB% .363 SLG% .687 OPS
But lets learn what the Rangers and Cubs discovered about this guy. Not repeat the same mistake.
The guy made 1.8 mil in '05, and then 2.3 mil in '06.
And what concerns me is that with his "surge" this year, being signed for only '08, and he's the type of player Dusty loves (especially the speed).... that Dusty will somehow influence this FO to give this guy a Ryan Freel type of contract.
He's the type of versatile player that I'd love to have on my bench; but only at a very modest salary.
Yes. Sell high here, hope an MLB GM is as snowed by these 170-odd PA as so many who follow and cover this team seem to be.
It has gotten so ridiculous around these parts that a local talking head referred to Hairston as "one of the young guys to build around." He is 3.5 years older than Adam Dunn.
Jocketty has made a career of finding players of this ilk under rocks (including a couple of former Reds like Ron Gant, Eric Davis and Thomas Howard); there is no need to overpay for 2 hot months in 2008.
I appreciate--greatly--all that Hairston has done since his callup, but there is no reason to overcompensate him and thus make him part of the problem. Ryan Freel is exhibit A.