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Nationals give former Oriole Hairston one-year contract

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Nationals give former Oriole Hairston one-year contract

The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with utility player Jerry Hairston Jr., a 34-year-old former Oriole with a career .257 batting average, 59 homers and 341RBIs across 13 seasons with six clubs. He hit .244 with 10 homers and a career-high 50 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season. General manager Mike Rizzo said Hairston, a member of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees, would be "very, very comfortable and very effective" playing any position in the field other than first base or catcher. "He gives the manager a lot of...

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