Mets in position to invest in one multi-year contract, most likely for an outfielder

A source told Marc Carig of Newsday the Mets are in a position to make one multi-year offer to a player this winter, although it will likely be reserved for a right-handed hitting outfielder.

“With the makeup of the outfield market, the source said going beyond one year may be the Mets’ best avenue to “bring on a high-quality player,”” Carig explains.

Carig’s source said they believe they can sign the starting pitcher they seek to a one-year contract.

Carig says Hairston remains a logical fit to return to the Mets – he is currently seeking a two-year deal and has reportedly drawn interest from the Mets, Tigers, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals and Indians this winter.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Hairston is a logical fit on the roster, as Carig says. He is a good guy, knows the team and is a strong fit in the clubhouse and he crushed lefties in 2012. However, he is best suited as a platoon player and a fourth outfielder. Other teams had reportedly been interested in him in that capactity as well. I could envision Hairston being very successful once again in that role with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda, but I fear Hairston could get overexposed in a full-time role.

Cody Ross, on the other hand, is a more polished version of Hairston. He hits right-handed pitching more consistently, therefore making him a better candidate to start on a regular basis. He had reportedly been seeking a three-year deal but he remains unsigned. He is a similar player to Ryan Ludwick, who just signed a two-year deal with the Reds.