Free agent Jerry Hairston Jr. is returning to the Cincinnati Reds, according to MLB.com.
The Web site reported late Tuesday, Jan. 6, that Hairston and the club had agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $2 million. It's an incentive-laden deal that could be worth $4 million.
An announcement is expected today. The Royals and Cardinals also were competing to sign Hairston.
It appears that Cincinnati plans to make the versatile Hairston its starting shortstop because Alex Gonzalez won't be ready, the Web site reported.