Ty Wigginton agrees to sign with the Cardinals – implications for Scott Hairston?

Scott Hairston polaroid 2Last week, the Cardinals agreed to sign Ty Wigginton to a two-year contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Cardinals had expressed interest in Scott Hairston, but now that they’ve signed Wigginton, a suitor for Hairston might have been eliminated.

Rubin says the Mets, Yankees, and Phillies all still have interest in Hairston, although Joel Sherman of the New York Post said last week the Yankees do not want to commit 2014 dollars to Hairston.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Based on this and Jonny Gomes’ agreement with Boston, it looks like Hairston is in position to land at least two-year deal somewhere. However, Rosenthal reported last week the Mets don’t want to give Hairston a two-year deal, even though Sandy Alderson acknowledged at the end of the year Hairston has earned a multi-year deal in his next contract. I’d like to see Hairston back – he is a strong fourth outfielder and could also find playing time in a platoon role in at least one outfield position. Even if the Mets acquire another full-time outfielder, the Mets need depth and versatility, and Hairston is an ideal fit for that role.