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The Mets are interested in re-signing free-agent OF Scott Hairston, but they would prefer to bring him in on another one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

6:10 am: The Mets rejected Hairston’s asking price of two years and $8 million. The Mets countered with a one-year, $2 million offer, "leaving the two sides at a stalemate." (Puma, New York Post).

Hairston hit .263 with a .299 OBP, 20 HR, 25 doubles and 57 RBI in 377 at bats for the Mets last season, during which he hit .286 in 189 at bats against left-handed pitchers. He earned $1.1 million on a one-year contract.

Yikes. That had to hurt. In addition to the Mets, the Braves and Phillies had shown interest in Hairston this winter, and now the Cubs. I bet the Mets know he knows he'll get the most playing time in New York, giving him the best chance at making more money next season. Also, I'm sure none of these teams are willing to meet his two-year asking price, so they're all low-balling him.

Jan. 15: The Cubs have talked with Scott Hairston (Heyman, CBS Sports).

Jan. 15: Scott Hairston is expected to make a decision this week (Bowden, ESPN).

Jan. 11: The Mets like Hairston, but they would like to acquire a bigger name outfielder first. If that falls through, they will move on signing Hairston (Heyman, CBS Sports).

Jan. 9: The Mets could give Hairston a two-year deal (Rubin, ESPN New York).

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