09/21/10 10:22 PM ET
Hairston Jr. wants to return to Padres in 2011
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
"I really enjoyed my time here," Hairston said. "It's a great organization and also a great group of guys. If they would have me back, I would love that opportunity."
Hairston, who signed a one-year deal as a free agent in January for $2.125 million, will turn 35 next May. He hit .244 and tied his career-high with 10 home runs. Hairston had 50 RBIs in 430 at-bats.
Hairston played 47 games at second base, three games at third base, 62 games at shortstop and 12 games in the outfield.
According to Fangraphs, Hairston's value this season has been worth $7.6 million -- a figure that's calculated by his WAR (1.9), wins above replacement converted to a dollar scale of what a player would make in free agency.
As for his production at this point of his career, Hairston said he has prided himself on how good of shape he's in and how he prepares for a season.
"I really take care of my body," he said. "I've talked to a lot of guys who have had long careers and they've said to make sure and get your rest. I'm very pleased with that."
Young to get start for Padres on Friday
LOS ANGELES -- Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that right-handed pitcher Chris Young, who made his first start in 5 1/2 months on Saturday in St. Louis, will remain in the rotation and start Friday's game at PETCO Park against the Reds.
Young, reinstated from the disabled list on Saturday after missing 5 1/2 months with a strained right shoulder, allowed one run in four innings against the Cardinals, throwing 69 pitches (41 strikes) in his first start in a Major League game since April 6, when he tossed six shutout innings in Arizona.
Young, who walked three, struck out three and allowed three hits, threw mostly fastballs early in the game, hitting 86 mph on the radar gun several times.
"I don't remember the last time I pitched with that much adrenaline," Young said. "I could feel my heart beating in my chest. I never felt like I got into that calm rhythm. I was so excited. That probably impacted me more than I would have liked."
Hinch hired by Padres as VP of pro scouting
LOS ANGELES -- The Padres announced Tuesday that they have hired former Arizona manager A.J. Hinch as their vice president of professional scouting.
Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes were dismissed by the D-backs on July 2 and replaced by Kirk Gibson and Jerry Dipoto, respectively.
Hinch, formerly Arizona's farm director, was picked as manager when Bob Melvin was let go on May 8, 2009.
A former big league catcher with four teams in seven seasons, Hinch had never managed a game at any level. His record was 89-123 in the 14 months he had the job.
In coming to the Padres, Hinch will rejoin Jeff Moorad, a former D-backs president and general partner, who is now the San Diego chief executive after his group bought 49 percent of the team, a process that began just prior to the 2009 season.
Moorad spoke highly of Hinch, who also has a long-standing relationship with Padres GM Jed Hoyer. Hoyer, a former assistant GM with the Red Sox, was hired last year to replace Kevin Towers, who was dismissed after 14 seasons as Padres general manager.