It appears the Yankees are backing off free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston, and the buzz from the Phillies has trickled to a halt as well.
If the the New York Mets are willing to give Hairston the two year deal he craves, he’ll most likely be in the Mets Opening Day lineup.
Hairston, 32, continues to hold out for a multi-year deal even though his agent said he was with days of reaching an accord on Monday.
The other sticking point is that Hairston wants a starting role and no team views him that way. But the Mets can be the one team that can give him the most playing time by virtue of how weak their current outfield array is – made up mostly of Quad-A players and utility types.
It’s well know that Hairston’s greatest asset is his ability to mash lefthanded pitching. His OPS is almost 100 points higher against southpaws than righties over his career. The Mets can certainly use his bat.
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