Free agent outfielder Scott Hairston, who has drawn interest from several teams around the league after hitting a career-high 20 home runs last season, has narrowed his choices to the New York Yankees and New York Mets and will make a decision in "a matter of days", according to his agent Casey Close.
"I think he's a good fit for either team," Close told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. "But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him."
Though Hairston would have a better chance of reaching the postseason with the Yankees, he would have to pass up a chance to be a starter with the Mets to be the fourth outfielder for the Yankees.
The Yankees currently have three left-handed hitting starting outfielders with Brett Gardner in left field, Curtis Granderson in center field, and Ichiro Suzuki in right field, making a versatile right-handed hitting outfielder such as Hairston a valuable asset.
Should Hairston choose the Yankees, he would most likely be agreeing to a one-year deal, as the Yankees are focused on handing out short-term deals to lower the team's payroll under the $189 million luxury tax threshold after the 2013 season. The Mets could be more willing to offer a multi-year deal, which the 32 year-old outfielder is believed to be looking for.
Hairston hit .263 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI last season with the Mets. His 134 games played were his career-high for a single season. In addition to all three outfield positions, Hairston can play second base.
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