In an environment where middle infield help is thin, Hairston is understandably in demand with four to five teams interested in the utilityman's services. The Padres are one of these teams and could possibly slot Hairston as a starter, although he's more likely to end up on the bench. That situation depends on whether the Pads finally execute the trade for Jason Bartlett and go with Evert Cabrera at second.
Hairston hit .244/.299/353 in 476 plate appearances for the Padres in 2010, playing short and second the bulk of the time although he also made appearances in left and right field along with third base.
-- Evan Brunell