TEMPE, Ariz. After spending just a half-season in Milwaukee, veteran infielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. was hoping to stick around for a little while. Traded to the Brewers from Washington after Rickie Weeks was sidelined with a severely sprained ankle in July, Hairston hit .274 with 10 doubles in 45 regular season games.
He took over as the starting third baseman in the playoffs, replacing Casey McGehee, and was one of the team's top performers, batting .387 (15-for-39) in 11 games with six doubles and four RBI.
The Brewers had interest in retaining the 35-year-old, but, when the Los Angeles Dodgers came to the table with a two-year offer, Hairston opted to go west.
"I was talking with them," Hairston said Monday as his new team took on the Los Angeles Angels at Diablo Stadium. "There were talks about me going back there but I was looking for two years and they just weren't in a position to do that.
"Talking with LA and the things they want to do here, the direction we're going, I ...