Rumor: Hairston is Yankees priority right now, but Mets reunion is likely

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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.

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9 Responses to Rumor: Hairston is Yankees priority right now, but Mets reunion is likely

  1. Aly says:

    Alfonso Soriano remains in play for 5 million per year, with Cubs paying 13 per year.

  2. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    Depending on his price and years, because he has been loud about multiple years, I would prefer Matt Diaz or Juan Rivera

  3. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    If we just pay attention to last year numbers against lefties, Hairston has way bigger numbers over Diaz or Rivera, but comparing last 3 years (10, 11 and 12):

    just vs left
    Diaz .281 / .328 / .426 / .754
    Rivera .270 / .329 / .434 / .763
    Hairston .263 / .308 / .464 / .772

  4. ollie says:

    They already have a 4th outfielder Eduardo Nunez. They tried him there a couple of years ago found him to struggle. He is a Major League shortstop the toughest position to play in the game. Maybe if some of those coaches would do there job and work with the kid the solution to the outfield problem could be right there in front of them. Not they could take the money saved and go find a Catcher!

  5. Mike says:

    I like Nunez's bat and speed. The most logical position for him is in the OF. He's athletic, so with coaching and plenty of work he can become a respectable OF'er. He sure isn't a SS.

  6. Nunez is not playing in the outfield next year. Cashman has been quite insistent on that.

    • ollie says:

      Rob, I think the point is maybe Nunez should be playing in the outfield as they don't seem interested in putting him at short or even as a utility inf. I get the feeling maybe Cashman isn't the genius he gets credit for without George's wallet, but maybe there is a plan!

      • He's a shortstop. Unfortunately the team has Jeter. The thing is he doesn't bring a lot of value as an outfielder. He doesn't hit that much and isn't going to be a defensive wizz out there like Gardner or Ichiro to make up for his lack of hitting. I mean, if you want a .700 OPS outfielder they are a dime a dozen. Why bother moving Nunez out there? Maybe if they didn't re-sign Ichiro, but with him in the mix it just doesn't make any sense.