The Yankees have been interested in free agent outfielder Scott Hairston throughout the entire offseason, but so far he hasn’t signed with anybody while he holds out for a multi-year deal.
It doesn’t appear that he’s getting one at this point though, but his agent Casey Close told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that he’ll be signing within “a matter of days” and his decision has come down to the Mets or the Yankees.
“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close told Matthews. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”
Hairston, 33 in May, hit .263/.299/.504 in 134 games last season, but he is seen as a replacement for Andruw Jones with the Yankees as he does well against lefties. Last season he hit .286/.317/.550 against southpaws in 199 plate appearances.
It’s been expected all offseason that he was waiting for a multi-year deal, but that he would re-sign with the Mets otherwise. So he must be considering playing time, money, a chance to win, or all three if he’s seriously considering the Yankees still. Obviously the Yankees have more of a chance to win, but we have no idea about the money.
If he’s concerned about playing time all he has to do is look at Jones’ number over the past two years where he played in no fewer than 77 games and as many as 94 games last season with about 250 at bats each time. Not bad for a bench player, but he may still decide that the Mets are a better fit since he already knows the organization and they essentially have no outfield at all right now.
Best part about this rumor is that he’s expected to make a decision soon. I feel like I’ve been writing about Hairston all offseason and while he is certainly a solid bit part for the Yankees to get its been kind of monotonous writing about him so much. Go out and trade for a catcher already.