MLB.com's Corey Brock tweets that the San Diego Padres today avoided a salary arbitration hearing with recently acquired outfielder Scott Hairston when the two parties signed a one-year $2.45 million contract. Hairston rejoined the Padres in January in exchange for Kevin Kouzmanoff. Shorthly thereafter San Diego picked up Scott's brother, Jerry Hairston Jr. as a free agent.
Hairston had been seeking $2.9 million while the Padres were offering $2.1 million. The $2.45 million deal agreed upon is $50,000 below the mid-point between the two figures. His 2010 salary is a 96 percent raise from the $1.25 million he earned in 2009.
Hairston had a bifurcated 2009, beginning the year in San Diego, before a mid-season trade sent him up the coast to Oakland. Between the two stops, he posted a batting line .265/.307/.456 in 464 plate appearances.
Hairston's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 17. The Padres have resolved both of their arbitration cases, coming to terms with Mike Adams on January 19th. Hearings will begin shortly for the remaining players like Wandy Rodriguez, Cody Ross and Corey Hart who have not come to terms with their teams. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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