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Scott Hairston to stay with Mets after being claimed

Aug 27, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says Scott Hairston was claimed on waivers Monday, but that the Mets outfielder won’t be joining a contender for the stretch run.

Both FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and Heyman are reporting that the undisclosed team that claimed Hairston did so to block another team from acquiring him.

Heyman says the Dodgers weren’t the team that claimed Hairston. There was some immediate speculation that they could have put in the claim to block the Giants, who are ahead of them in the standings, from getting Hairston.

Hairston, 32, has been one of the game’s best part-time outfielders this year, hitting .272/.312/.512 with 14 homers and 45 RBI in 283 at-bats. The Mets probably could have gotten a decent prospect for him prior to July 31, but they weren’t interested in moving him then. Now they’ll get nothing ahead of him potentially leaving as a free agent this winter.

  1. keithbangedyermom - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Sandy Alderson is an idiot.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Alderson clearly stated that he was willing to trade Hairston but the price was for a player who could contribute next year or in 2014. The offers that he got were more or less low A prospects, it’s not his fault that nobody wanted to pay his price.

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