Multiple reports say the Mets are unwilling to give Scott Hairston a two-year deal. That is a smart move.
Buzz around the Winter Meetings in Nashville is that Hairston will probably wind up getting a two-year contract for upwards of $10 million. If that is the case, then good riddance.
Hairston is a perfectly adequate player who had a career year in 2012 with 20 home runs. But he is nothing more than a platoon player, and $5 million a year for such a player is a lot of money.
I think we’ve seen the best of Scott Hairston; there are probably better players out there with more upside that the Mets could get for a similar amount of money. Besides, what have the Mets won with Hairston on the roster (not that the team’s struggles are his fault)? It’s just time to move on to someone else.