The latest on Scott Hairston

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland thinks the Tigers are done on the trade front.

Detroit had asked about Scott Hairston, but the Mets wanted one of the Tigers’ top-five prospects in return.


July 31, 11:19 am: The Mets keep telling people they’re unlikely to trade OF Scott Hairston, FoxSports.com’s Jon Morosi said earlier today on Twitter.

Similarly, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick adds, “The signs still point toward Mets keeping Hairston.”

Matthew Cerrone: It’s interesting to me that Morosi, Crasnick, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff and others have all tweeted saying Hairston is not likely to be traded, while all specifically saying the Mets aren’t getting good enough offers for him. To me, this confirms that the Mets will indeed move him, but only at a certain price point. And, the best way to let the league know that (with five hours until the deadline) is to broadcast it through the media. In my view, they’re shopping Hairston. But, I agree with what Davidoff said earlier, which is that the Mets are genuinely interested in keeping him for next season.

Hairston is a leader in the clubhouse, a veteran who can do a lot of things and who knows his role (and excels at it) on the bench, and that is not always easy to find. It would not surprise me to see the Mets milk this and pull the trigger on a deal at the last minute, because some team overpays and gets the return up to an upper-level prospect with promise. But, I also could see him on the Opening Day roster in 2013. It’s a tough call…


July 31, 10:40 am: According to Davidoff, it is unlikely that Hairston will be traded.

“He’s unlikely to bring back a return significant enough for the team to jettison him,” Davidoff says. “That’s because most clubs deem it unlikely that Hairston, who has a career of solid but unremarkable production and is 32, can ride this hot streak though the rest of the campaign.”

Mike Kerwick of the Bergen Record says Hairston would prefer to stay in New York anyway.

“It’s a good organization,” Hairston said. “I think Sandy Alderson has done a terrific job putting this team together. I enjoy being part of this group of players. We have a lot of guys that love to play the game and are fun to be around.”

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Over the past week, reports have surfaced that the Rangers, Tigers, Giants and Braves had all inquired about Hairston’s availability. According to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger, however, the Mets would like to bring Hairston back for the 2013 season.