Dec. 5, 4:33 pm: SNY's Kevin Burkhardt says while the Mets are reluctant to give Hairston a two-year deal, he believes a two-year, $9 million contract would be acceptable to Hairston.
Burkhardt says getting a two-year contract is important to Hairston.
Dec. 5, 2:27 pm: If the Mets sign Hairston, Mike Puma of the New York Post says they might not be able to add other free agents this winter.
Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said he met with Scott Hairston’s agent.
Alderson said it is possible he could give a two-year deal to a free-agent outfielder, but it is something he would want to be very careful about.
This week, the Tigers, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and Indians have all reportedly shown interest in Hairston, who is said to be seeking a multi-year contract.
Dec. 3, 4:50 pm: In an ideal world, Hairston is probably a platoon player, and a very solid fourth outfielder. Other teams are reportedly interested in him in that capactity as well. I’d like to see Hairston back, but it remains to be seen if he and the Mets will eventually agree to a new deal. At the end of last season, Sandy Alderson said Hairston’s recent production has earned him a multi-year deal (and probably a raise) for his next contract, which might have put him out of the Mets range at that time. But now that they’ve achieved some financial flexibility by cutting Bay, Alderson has said it’s possible Hairston could be brought back.