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The Yankees are still interested in Scott Hairston

Dec 28, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

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In past years I would not make much of an effort to post about the Yankees’ possible interest in role players, but in a world where their failure to land guys like Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholtz actually upsets people, this is relevant:

The Yankees starting outfield is Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki … The Yankees still have an interest in signing another outfielder and remain interested in Scott Hairston.

This comes from Kevin Kernan in his column about the Matt Diaz signing, which suggests that the Yankees are not content to go with those three starters, Diaz and a prayer. Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 homers and 57 RBI in 377 at-bats with the Mets last year. The OBP is scary, but the pop and flexibility — Hairston can play all three outfield positions — would be welcome. Especially if Ichiro reverts to his 2011-early-2012 form.

Earlier this offseason it was reported that Hairston wanted a multi-year deal. The Yankees have been loathe to do that with anyone — they were forced to do so with Ichiro thanks to a bidding war — so it’s not at all certain that Hairston would be interested in pinstripes. Especially considering that the Cardinals, Giants, Indians and Tigers had previously expressed interest.

  1. dodger88 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I’m surprised the Dodgers have not shown interest in Hairston. They need a RH outfielder who can back up Kemp in center and spell Crawford and Ethier against lefties. I can’t imagine they would be worried about a multi-year committment.

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I wonder if the Yankees interest in Hairston has something to do with the fact that they aren’t going to re-sign Granderson for the 2014 season OR maybe even that Granderson might be traded even sooner.

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