The Latest on Scott Hairston

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

Scott Hairston is coming off his best season of his career after hitting 20 homeruns for the Mets in 2012. He is expected to get a two year deal and when the season ended, the Mets felt he would get a starting role and more money somewhere else. The Yankees were the early favorite to sign him but they do not want to commit 2014 dollars as they aim to get under the $189 luxury tax. The Detroit Tigers who were also interested in Hairston to platoon with Andy Dirks, deemed the outfielder too expensive.

The Tigers, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals, Indians and Mets have all shown interest in Hairston so far in these winter meetings.images2

Based on where the Mets outfield is now, I can’t see Hairston getting a bigger role somewhere else. The Mets highest paid outfielder is Bobby Bonilla at $1million. Hairston would play a lot because the Mets outfield is very young and unproven.

At this point the Mets may be willing to give Hairston the two year deal he is looking for. In fact Hairston told ESPNNY that a return to the Mets at this point is “probable”. Hairston, 32, had a good year this season but he had never hit 20 homeruns before so don’t expect him to have another career year. If the Mets offer anywhere close to what other teams offer, I believe Hairston will be back because he enjoys playing for the Mets and probably won’t get more plate appearances anywhere else.

  1. don obrien says:

    Mets would be crazy not to sign him,. They need his right handed batting and he is a gamer.

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