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The Mets view Scott Hairston as a “fallback option”

Jan 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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The Mets have been rumored to be a finalist for Scott Hairston‘s services, but now Jon Heyman is saying that the Mets view him as a “fallback” option, and that they’ll only move on Hairston if they can’t get anyone better.

Which, considering the Mets haven’t been strongly rumored to be in on any other available outfielders, and considering that their current outfield is — how shall we put it? — less than stellar, one would think that perhaps they will be moving on Hairston anyway.

One would think it’s the perfect fit. They know each other and Hairston is assured of getting regular playing time. I suppose this is all just kabuki dance by the Mets, knowing that a deal with Hairston is likely, but wanting to seem less-than-desperate.

  1. El Bravo - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Now I’m picturing the Mets front office guys all in kimonos doing the kabuki thang. Wonderful imagery.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    No reason to pick on the Mets. They have a plan even if it seems to be obtuse. Just look at how they suckered the Jays into giving up 2 top prospects for a 37 year old pitcher who has a medical issue with the elbow in his throwing arm.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    There’s no UCL. Its not a medical issue.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Wow, if I’m Scott Hairston I just can’t WAIT to get back in a Met’s uni..I feel so loved.

  5. bolweevils2 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    “Fallback option” implies they have a Plan A to get someone better. That would require either 1. Spending money they don’t have for a better free agent outfielder (which at this late date would probably mean only Bourn), or 2. trading prospects, which their whole strategy has been to accumulate, not trade away. Trading away any current major leaguers of value would just create a hole somewhere else, because they have no surplus major league talent.

    I hope it’s just a bargaining position, because otherwise it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Actually it could mean Delmon Young; however, Young would be rather unpopular in NY. So it is obvious the Mets are probably trying to sign Luke Scott on the cheap.

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Gonna go out on a limb and guess that the Jewish owners of the Mets wouldn’t let Delmon Young polish their loafers.

  6. pooinyourface - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    they have money now, dont comment if you dont know what your talking about

  7. kappy32 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Heyman also went on to say, in the same segment, that the Mets are players for Bourn & Upton. They would prefer Upton because he would require prospects, not draft compensation, and is the better player of the two. However, this is coming from Heyman, an absolute clown that hates everything not Derek Jeter.

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