A report Monday night says Scott Hairston has narrowed down his choice to two teams — the Mets and the Yankees.
“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” his agent Casey Close told ESPNNewYork.com. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”
The role for the Mets would likely be as the starting left fielder. With the Yankees he would be a backup. Of course Hairston would like to start, but he also would probably want to play for a contending team. That team resides in The Bronx.
I have no problem with Hairston leaving. He had a career year in 2012, hitting 20 home runs. He kills left handed pitching but wilts against righties. Scott Hairston is not a starter — he is a perfect fourth outfielder. And I think we’ve seen the best of Hairston. He is unlikely to match his 20 home runs from last season, let alone exceed them.
I say thank you Scott Hairston for a fine season, but it is time to move in from him.