Jerry Hairston Jr. Signs With Dodgers

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 13: Jerry Hairston Jr. #15 and George Kottaras #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after Hairston Jr. scored on a RBI single by Yuniesky Betancourt #3 in the top of the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their busy ways this offseason - for better or for worse, but mostly worse - by signing free-agent utilityman Jerry Hariston Jr to a two-year, $6 million deal (with additional performance incentives), as reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Hairston will join newly signed second baseman Adam Kennedy in reserve roles for the Dodgers.

The 35-year-old Hairston hit .270/.344/.383 in 376 plate appearances last season with the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran played just about everywhere in the diamond last season, but he'll currently be slotted as the backup third baseman/left fielder.

It's been a good offseason for free agents thus far, but no one is celebrating quite like versatile, gritty, reserves around the league. Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald each found multi-year deals with the Arizona Diamondbacks for nearly $7 million combined between the two. Personally, I'd like to see Luis Sojo come out of retirement to ink a similar deal.

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