Hairston grateful to Reds for chance

Hairston grateful to Reds for chance

CINCINNATI -- Infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. rediscovered success last season with the Reds and is grateful.

Hairston, a free agent, wouldn't mind having another go in Cincinnati, but he isn't afraid to see what else is out there.

"Other clubs saw what I did last year, but the Reds know me best and gave me a chance," Hairston told on Wednesday. "I'm appreciative of [manager] Dusty Baker, [general manager] Walt Jocketty and [former GM] Wayne Krivsky for giving it to me. I'm a loyal person and a fair person, too. I'll look for what I'm worth out there. Hopefully, everything will work out for me and my family."

Jocketty and the Reds held talks with Hairston's agent, Casey Close, last week during the GM Meetings and reported some progress. Talks haven't moved enough to the point to make Hairston a candidate to be re-signed before Friday, when players become free to negotiate with any team.

Signed to a Minor League deal in March, Hairston began last season at Triple-A Louisville but became a key offensive producer after his April callup. The 32-year-old batted .326 with six home runs, 36 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The previous two seasons with the Rangers and Cubs, he batted around .200.

"I took care of what I had to do on the field, and I'll let my agent deal with the off-the-field stuff," said Hairston. "To be honest, I've left it to my agent. It's best not to discuss it. He's got the pulse of the market. I'm going to let him handle it."

Jocketty said that none of the team's nine free agents would likely be re-signed before Friday.

Hot Stove
In other Hot Stove news, Jocketty downplayed reports about trade talks between the Reds and Rockies. The Reds had shown some mild interest in left fielder Matt Holliday, who was traded to the A's on Wednesday.

"It wasn't unexpected," Jocketty said of Holliday going elsewhere. "We had conversations, but it was clear they were asking for guys we weren't going to part with. We decided it wasn't worth it and moved on."

It appeared the Holliday talks evolved into discussions about other Rockies players. Reports said Cincinnati was interested in Rockies center fielder Willy Taveras, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and third baseman Garrett Atkins. Jocketty downplayed that report.

"When you have conversations with clubs, you think it's confidential and it gets out," Jocketty said. "It's not fair to the players. We've talked to a lot of clubs. In the case of the conversation about Holliday, we told them what our needs were and they said what they had available. Nothing is imminent."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.