The Ichiro Suzuki signing is still not official (what are they waiting for?), but that will eventually get done and when it is wrapped up the Yankees will have three left handed hitting outfielders. So finding a right handed hitting outfielder has been a priority.
That’s why conversations with the Angels for Vernon Wells popped up. But the Yankees don’t like Wells (who does?) so they’ve targeted Scott Hairston as their preferred right handed hitting outfielder. Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reported that he is indeed the front-runner to fulfill the position, but that he prefers a reunion with the Mets instead.
Hairston has been in constant rumors attached to the Yankees, but he seems to have genuinely liked his time in Queens. Or at least he thinks that he can get a multi-year deal out of them. It’s not like he’s a great player or anything though which is why he still hasn’t found that two-year deal and is still on the market.
Hairston did very well against lefties last season. His line of .286/.317/.550 is low on the OBP side, but that’s a decent average and a lot of pop. It does seem like for the Yankees to eventually land him they might have to step up with a two-year deal. Hopefully they don’t miss out on Matt Diaz, who would be a good alternative, while they wait and get stuck with Wells as the only alternative.