Swisher hit 24 home runs to go along with 93 RBI last season, but once again struggled to perform in the postseason. As the Yankees look to lower the team's payroll under $189 million by 2014 and Swisher looks to sign a long-term deal, the two sides have decided to part ways.
While the Yankees look to replace Swisher, Hairston has emerged at the top of their list of options. Hairston is 32 years old and has struggled with consistency while playing for four teams during his nine year career, making him a good candidate to accept a one-year deal.
The versatile Hairston hit .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI last season while playing all three outfield positions for the New York Mets. He has also played 87 career games at second base, though 85 of those games were in 2004 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In addition to Hairston, the Yankees have shown interest in resigning Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez, both who played significant roles in New York's outfield last season. However, the Yankees prefer to use Ibanez at designated hitter and Ichiro is a contact hitter similar to left fielder Brett Gardner, so the Yankees would still lack a power-hitting corner outfielder.
If the Yankees are serious about signing Hairston, they will have some competition from across town, as the Mets are still interested in bringing the veteran outfielder back next season.
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