Scott Hairston prefers to return to the Mets

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York says while the Yankees remain interested in Scott Hairston, Hairston would prefer to return to the Mets where he can play everyday.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I really worry about Hairston in a regular role. He is a career .229 hitter against right-handed pitching and his OPS is 121 points lower against righties than it is against lefties. I like Hairston and the Mets do need a right-handed hitting outfielder, but he is more valuable as a platoon player not just for the Mets, but for any team that signs him.

The problem for the Mets is that most of the appealing free agent outfielders left on the market are left-handed, and the Mets need a right-handed hitting (or switch hitting) corner outfielder who can play everyday. And so, if they are to fill this need before Spring Training, they might have to explore the trade market.