As predicted in this space, the Nationals have agreed to terms with utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. on a one-year contract.
Last week, sources indicated that Hairston's choices were down to the Nats and the Yankees, the team he'd finished the 2009 season with, earning a World Series ring. Hairston's decision to sign with Washington is another blow to New York, which has had little success in attracting free agents this offseason.
Hairston, who replaces Willie Harris on the Nats' depth chart, has primarily played second, short and third, as well as all three outfield positions, in the major leagues. The other utility infield position will be determined in spring training, between incumbent Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Cora, recently signed to a minor league contract.