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Scott Hairston has six suitors, holds out for two-year deal

Dec 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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7:50 p.m. EST update: Jon Morosi says he erred earlier in reporting the Tigers’ offer to Hairston:

5:25 p.m. EST update: And now ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin is chiming back in, saying Hairston “will not be a Tiger.”

5:15 p.m. EST update: A source told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that the Tigers have offered Hairston a two-year deal. He’d likely form a platoon with Andy Dirks in left field if signed.

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Free agent Scott Hairston may yet choose to return to the Mets, but he’s also drawing interest from the Cardinals, Giants, Indians, Tigers and Yankees, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin.

The 32-year-old Hairston is holding out for the first multiyear deal of his career after making $1.1 million and hitting .263/.299/.504 with 20 homers and 57 RBI in 377 at-bats with the Mets last year.

Older brother Jerry Hairston Jr. got his first multiyear deal at age 35 last winter when he signed with the Dodgers for two years and $6 million.

Scott offers plenty of pop in a part-time role. The Tigers and Yankees would both likely use him as a starter against left-handers, whereas the Cardinals would want him more as insurance in case of an injury to Carlos Beltran or another outfielder.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I wouldn’t mind a Hairston/Ibanez platoon in right field for the Yankees in 2013. Even if the Yankees have to sign Hairston to a 2 year deal. He’s going to be relatively cheap and then in 2014 Ibanez goes away. I think it could definitely work out.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Can he play third base?

      • uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Nah. But I figure the Yankees can get by short term by re-signing Chavez and having him split time with Nix OR the other option is for the Yankees to go after Keppinger and have him split time with Chavez. OR they could bite the bullet so to speak and try a swing a trade for a “real” starting 3rd baseman. The possibilities are endless.

  2. estecklerlhs - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Cardinals could also try him at second base.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    He’s worth a 2 year deal. His road stats away from citi are pretty good .301/.335/.528 and 9 HR in 193 abs. If Gomes got 2 years hairston should hold out for that as well.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Please forgive me for what I’m about to say. But Gomez got 2 years and $10MM because the Red Sox were on drugs when they signed him.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        edit function: Gomes

      • edelmanfanclub - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        Why is everyone so willing to trash everything Boston does. Yes they overpaid a little for Gomes. He probably is worth 3-4 mill annually and they gave him 5 million over 2 years. BIG WHOOP. Who cares, its not like they gave him 3 years 27 million which is what Cody Ross wanted, In fact Gomes and Ross are virtually the same player, except Ross hits like crap on the road. On the other hand, the Red Sox are on drugs for giving someone who is likely to get 300-400 PA 5 million. But its a smart move for GMs to give relievers 6-10 million to pitch 70 innings and record saves (which is the most meaningless stat for a pitcher). Back to the topic, Hairston deserves a 2 year deal. Also I don’t know who Gomez is.

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