Okay, Hairston is over the hump and is on the downside of his career and won't repeat his 2008 stats. I'll buy that.
Nix has potential that he MAY reach even though he's 28. I'll even buy that.
But I still want no part of a bench player being the "answer" who still k's a ton. I still want no part of a bench player being the "answer" who has no defensive skills (Gomes). And I still want no part of a bench player being the "answer" who has only seen a handful of MLB plate appearances (Bankston).
These guys are hole-fillers (Hairston included). I don't expect great production from any of them. And since I'm only going to get/expect average to mediocre production at the plate, I want solid versitility off the plate. McDonald gives me speed & solid d at all 3 OF slots. Hairston gives me speed & solid d at several slots (if & of). Nix has some power and a hot bat so we ride him. Other than that, we bide our time until Frazier/Stubbs/Francisco/Valiaka/etc are ready to provide REAL answers.
I'm just saying let's not demonize Hairston for being in a slump. He's far from being a drag on the club. He still provides some needed versatility on this club.