So, the Arizona Diamondbacks think they can corner the market on overpaying for replacement level middle infielders, huh? “Not so fast,” says Los Angeles Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti, who today came to terms with Jerry Hairston Jr. on a two year contract worth $6 million plus incentives.

Hairston will team up with Mark Ellis ($8.75 million for two years) and Adam Kennedy ($800,000), both recently signed, to provide depth up the middle for the Dodgers. The contract will pay Hairston $2.25 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013.

He’s versatile and the Dodgers certainly have some depth issues in the infield, but paying someone that much to provide a team with an anticipated sub .700 OPS will never make sense to me as long as teams have Minor League players.

The Dodgers will now be spending roughly $17.5 million next year on Ellis, Hairston, Kennedy, Juan Rivera and Juan Uribe. And time travel continues not to have been invented yet.