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Mets and Yankees are the likely finalists for Scott Hairston

Jan 7, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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After weighing his options for most of the offseason, Scott Hairston is close to making a decision on where he’ll play in 2013. And chances are he’s not going far.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, it appears that the Mets and Yankees are the finalists for Hairston’s services. Casey Close, the outfielder’s agent, says that he continues to talk with both teams that his client should make a decision in a “matter of days.”

“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”

The Mets are severely lacking in quality options for their outfield, so Hairston would play nearly everyday if he stays in Queens, but he’d likely be used primarily against southpaws with the Yankees. While he has been looking for a multi-year deal this offseason, the Yankees may be reluctant to go there as they attempt to keep their payroll under $189 million for 2014.

Hairston has spent the past two seasons with the Mets and socked a career-high 20 home runs last season. The 32-year-old outfielder has a .751 career OPS, including an .825 OPS against left-handed pitching.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    It will be interesting if he does go with the Yankees. I would think the Yankees will probably offer him a 1 year deal but at an overpay rate. Which would be in keeping with the teams desire to keep the signings of players to 1 year deals and leave their payroll options open for the 2014 season.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    If I was to bet, I would put my money on The Mystery Team.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      What are the chances the “Mystery Team” is the Red Sox. I’m thinking the same offer they made Napoli and Victorino 3 years / $39MM would be enough to get the deal done.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        He would probably jump at that type of deal.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        proudly, after all Hairston did have a better year last year than Victorino. That should count for something with the Red Sox.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Can he play first base?

      • uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        proudly, he did play 1 game at 2nd base in 2011 does that count?

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Sounds as if Napoli should not be too worried then.

      • JustMeMike - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        didn’t the RS already sign a guy similar to Hairston – a right handed hitting OF who crushes left handed pitching?

        I’m thinking that with J.Gomes – the RS don’t fit as the mystery team. Maybe Seattle or Cleveland – not the Red Sox.

  3. stevincinci - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Bench boy at best, just like his brother, Jerry.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Last year he hit .286/.317/.550 vs LHP and is a career .276/.326/.500 for LHP. He has a lot of right hand power for a “bench boy”…

  4. cadillacjosh - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    If I was an MLB ball player, of the 30+ plus age group, and there was a choice between Yankees and Mets, you can guarantee I’d jump at the Yankees. Even if your thought is they’re largely over-the-hill, it’d be awesome to wear the pinstripes. Especially if its all bench time anyway.

  5. kappy32 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    HELL YES BABY!!! First news of Pavano coming to Flushing & now the re-signing of Hairston!!! I love that extra $160 million being used. World Series, here we come.

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