According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the agents for Scott Hairston have informed Sandy Alderson he wants a multi-year deal.
There are a lot of trades happening around the league, so it’s possible that interest may rise in the next few days,” Hairston said, according to Rubin. “My agent has been in contact with Sandy [Alderson], so he is aware I want a multiyear deal.”
Rubin says the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Giants and Cardinals have all expressed interest in signing Hairston, who earned $1.1 million in 2012.
Last week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said the Mets don’t want to offer Scott Hairston more than a two-year contract.
Sandy Alderson said during the Winter Meetings he had met with Scott Hairston’s agent, but remarked giving a two-year deal to a free-agent outfielder is something he would want to be very careful about.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
I believe the goal this winter for Sandy Alderson has been to trade for two outfielders (one of which is major-league ready), while signing another off the free-agent market. It seems like the Mets will have the opportunity to get Hairston or Cody Ross, though both players are still holding our for a three-year deal. The buzz in baseball is that Hairston will end up getting two years and around $10 million. Most teams view him as a platoon player, including the Mets.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
I’d like to see Hairston back. The Mets need right-handed power in the outfield. 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 return.