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The Mets counteroffer to Scott Hairston was … low

Jan 16, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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Yesterday Heyman reported that the Mets “balked” at Scott Hairston‘s asking price of $8 million over two years. Mike Puma reports that it was less of a balk than it was a brushback pitch:

On another front, an industry source confirmed the Mets have rejected Scott Hairston’s asking price of two years and $8 million. It is believed the Mets countered with a one-year offer worth $2 million, leaving the two sides at a stalemate in negotiations.

It’s hard to see that gap being bridged. And it’s hard to see anyone besides the Mets who would want to use Hairston as an everyday outfielder given his fragility and his platoon issues.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The Yankees are becoming more and more of a possibility, if the article is right.

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I’ve got to give Alderson credit here. He’s shown an absolute refusal to pay “market price” when he doesn’t think market price makes sense. Say what you will about the Mets’ financial woes, but the unwillingness to overpay just because everyone else does is kind of refreshing.

    • jetstizzi85 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Alderson was the right man for the job and it continues to show again in this situation.

  3. dcfan4life - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    This article title needs to be changed to “The Mets counteroffer to Scott Hairston was…fair”

  4. thebadguyswon - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Yeah really. Talk about trying to squeeze out a story where there is none.

  5. fissels - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    If he’s lucky he’ll get away from the Mets

  6. pisano - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    If the Yankees don’t come away with Morse, Hairston will be on their hit list, but that’s if they can’t get Morse.

  7. swantsays - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I cannot agree with the remarks praising Alderson and disparaging Hairston.

    The Met’s lineup is pathetically short of right handed hitting. Hairston has proved that
    he can hit in their park and hit with power.

    Four million is not astronomical. Negotiate in good faith and get some right handed
    hitting. The outfield as projected may be the worst ever.

    This situation provides further confirmation that with this ownership its cut costs first
    and build a good club last.

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