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Yankees still in the mix for Hairston

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Scott Hairston is generally viewed as the best right-handed outfielder still on the market, and according to his agent, the Yankees are still in the mix.

Casey Close told ESPNNewYork that the Yankees are Mets are still talking to Hairston, and the outfielder is expected to decide “in a matter of days.”

“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”

Translation: Hairston is deciding whether to play everyday for the Mets or accept a platoon role with the Yankees. He’s said to be looking for a multi-year deal, which the Yankees have been hesitant to offer for other available outfielders. It would surprise me to see them change that tactic for Hairston, but Brian Cashman has certainly surprised me in the past.

Is it possible the Yankees biggest offseason additions are going to be guys who opened last season playing for the Red Sox and Mets?

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75 Responses to “Yankees still in the mix for Hairston”

  1. Ys Guy January 7th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    i dont get why it matters where youk and hairston played last year.

    i also don’t buy that he’s weighing which team give him the more opportunity, just the most dollars.

  2. Against All Odds January 7th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Ok time to change the channel lol

  3. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    If it’s not one year, it’s just dumb, like the Ichrio signing. Hughes should be the top non-Cano priority for 2014, although I admit, I wouldn’t sign either if the money isn’t right, but to tie any up in marginal players makes no sense.

  4. theREALkevin January 7th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Completely ridiculous if someone gave Hairston a multi year deal. If some other team wants to take that plunge, see ya Scott.

  5. blake January 7th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Hairston is another all or nothing guy….doesn’t get on base….hits homers ….he’d be fine to like pair with Ichiro….but they’d still need a DH

  6. blake January 7th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    This is what happens when a team that hasn’t really played anybody all year gets into the title game against an SEC team…..it’s like a shock to the system when they see how big, strong, and fast the team they are playing is

  7. Nick in SF January 7th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Sorry, Pat M, but I don’t see this evening ending well for you.

  8. austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    A multi year deal to a platoon player following a career year would be amazing.

  9. blake January 7th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I think Hairston stays with the mets

  10. Nick in SF January 7th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t like to call bets winners prematurely, but… well, the Alabama -6 1H is looking good.

  11. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    “I think Hairston stays with the mets”

    Probably, unless somehow Randy Levine finds that possibility unsettling.

  12. blake January 7th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    @keithlaw: 527 career starts. Retired at 39. #fail RT @maxdank420: @keithlaw Jack morris said he’d have won 400 games if he used PED’s. #facepalm

    Lol

  13. The Return of Stoneburner January 7th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_rule

  14. blake January 7th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Never bet against Nick Saban when he has a month to prepare….or against an SEC team really at all in a title game

  15. The Return of Stoneburner January 7th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I am pretty sure Avery Bradley just committed battery on J.R. Smith – anyway – Knicks flopping to Boston – hate losing to the Cs – maybe they pull it together here in the last minute – doubtful – - – -

  16. blake January 7th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    This is why the playoff is so badly needed in college football…..the pretenders can at least get weeded out the week before the title game

  17. blake January 7th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Maybe Rudy will get in in the 2nd half

  18. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I like Melo’s attitude, but you have to beat them on the court too.

  19. blake January 7th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Add #Orioles to teams that have pursued JUpton. Strong interest a few weeks back, but talks sputtered. Team seemingly more focused on SPs.

  20. blake January 7th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Looks as if my 31-10 prediction gave Notre Dame way too much credit

  21. The Return of Stoneburner January 7th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    ooosh – 7 straight for the SEC – it is like the NFC in the 80s – - – -

  22. Run it Out January 7th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    2nd half advertisers must not be too happy right now.

  23. Jerkface January 7th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    College football, truly the most unpredictable sport :lol:

  24. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    How do the people who advocate parity in pro sports deal with the lack of parity in college sports?

  25. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Too funny…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....ncaaf.html

    The first half of the BCS championship game needed something entertaining, so enter AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb, and Brent Musburger’s comments on her.

    “You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,” Musburger said. “What a beautiful woman.”

    “Wow!” Herbstreit said.

    “Whoa!” Musburger chimed in.

    “AJ’s doing some things right down in Tuscaloosa,” Herbstreit said.

    “If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop,” Musburger said.

  26. Nick in SF January 8th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Sorry, Pat M. Those ND bets were dead money from the get-go. My brother got fooled too. Don’t know how.

  27. charlestonchew January 8th, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I think they’re going to give him 2 years and 16 million, but make it 10 million this year and 6 million next. I am pretty positive they’re going to sign him at this point.

  28. sammiejohnson January 8th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    charlestonchew January 8th, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I think they’re going to give him 2 years and 16 million, but make it 10 million this year and 6 million next. I am pretty positive they’re going to sign him at this point

    ——————————-

    As has been stated here many times, it does not matter if they pay him $10M one year and $6M the next. It is the AAV of the contract that counts. It would still count as $8M toward the LT. There is absolutely no advantage, LT wise, to paying him $10M this year and $6M next year.

  29. charlestonchew January 8th, 2013 at 1:55 am

    You can just give him a signing bonus.

  30. charlestonchew January 8th, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I suppose that wouldn’t work either?

    But what about a buyout option on the contract? Or some kind of mutual option? Or just a big, big one year deal. Like 12 million or so.

  31. sammiejohnson January 8th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    One year deal would work. If it’s $8M for one year, no problem. But signing bonus’ and the like all count against the AAV of a contract. You just cant pay a huge amount of a contract one year to get under the LT the next.

  32. Pat M. January 8th, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Four months of modest winnings and I give it all back minus twenty seven bucks……Five weeks or so until pitchers, catchers and non rosters report to camp ???? I still think the Yanks will be favored to win the East, but it’s going to be a low win number 91-92 at most…..

  33. pat January 8th, 2013 at 5:37 am

    A-Rod’s doc on his injury, surgery and prognosis.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....tWuKTqWM/0

  34. PacoDooley January 8th, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I love the Soriano situation – they were very smug turning down what was proibably an over payment from the Yankees to begin with. I love the tweet from Wade Boggs (directed at Bob Klapisch):

    Wade BoggsVerified ?@ChickenMan3010
    @BobKlap that’s what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you.

  35. GregD January 8th, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I think Boras will lose a lot of his leverage if he has a few cases like Soriano where the player left a good situation and could not find one better or even close…..the Yanks should have never let him extract more money for A Rod when he walked……….

  36. GregD January 8th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    pat January 8th, 2013 at 5:37 am
    A-Rod’s doc on his injury, surgery and prognosis.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports…..tWuKTqWM/0

    ———————————
    thanks for the article…..this gives us hope that we will get some production from ARod when he returns……..in fact, it could mean he gets a lot better………

  37. blake January 8th, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Great article from Sherman ….certainly we can hope that it’s accurate regarding how he looked in October because that does describe his swings totally….all arms…like his legs were locked in cement ….if it was because he had zero range of motion in that left hip and surgery can improve it then that is good news…..at least there is hope

  38. blake January 8th, 2013 at 6:45 am

    The draft pick attached to Soriano is killing him like its killing Lohse and Bourn…..teams are really valuing those picks a lot more these days because of the pool money they lose……the CBA is horrible for the players …..just horrible

  39. blake January 8th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    @RealGMBaseball: Jeter’s fractured left ankle, which was surgically repaired on Oct. 20, is out of the walking boot, and he is able to wear regular shoes.

  40. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Great season for Notre Dame…..they got themselves back on the map…..maybe they can join that group of teams that annually gets killed by an SEC team in the championship game

  41. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    @bkabak: Renewed talk of how bad ARod’s hip is makes me wonder again why Girardi didn’t say so in Oct. instead of going through the “benching” drama.

  42. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    as soon as the dust settled when the cba was signed, it was clear the owners had fleeced the sleeping players. Mlbpa agreed to a salary cap, draft compensation and draft pool rules that were going to cost them alot of money in exchange for an extra day off after the ASG.

  43. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “I still think the Yanks will be favored to win the East, but it’s going to be a low win number 91-92 at most…..”

    pat m-

    just make sure that your golf score stays lower that the yankees wins.

    that way , one way or the other you’ll have something to be happy about.

    if the yankees win 100 you’ll have that.

    if the yankees only win 86 and you’re lower in golf you’ll have that.

    i’m assuming if the yankees are below 90 wins, your golf game will get better because you ‘ll have more time for it because the yankees won’t be worth watching .

  44. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    the 2000 yankees only won 87 games.

    i guess they weren’t ‘worth watching’

  45. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I have no idea why or how the players agreed to the deal they did….unless they just really felt pressured to get a deal done to avoid a lockout for some reason. As strong as that union is its really curious why they conceeded so much to the money grubbing owners

  46. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    After reading Sherman’s article, was the head of A-Rod’s right femur egg-shaped too, and if so, why wouldn’t that hereditary defect have alerted his doctors to examine his left hip, which given the chronic nature of these injuries, according to the article, may have been deteriorating for years.

  47. Shame Spencer January 8th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    @bkabak: Renewed talk of how bad ARod’s hip is makes me wonder again why Girardi didn’t say so in Oct. instead of going through the “benching” drama.

    ————–

    Ugh.. I can’t.

  48. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    blake -

    if you ever want to pay attention to someone who will always be on the outside looking in on the game of baseball and who ,with completion of legal training, will qualify as a baseball know nothing know it all , @bkabak is the one to follow

    just my opinion of course :)

  49. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    It’ll be interesting to see if agents start trying to put language into contracts to prevent teams from making qualifying offers to players…..I don’t even know if that’s possible but I know Beltran had a clause that prevented him from being offered arbitration

  50. sunny615 January 8th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    the 2006 Cardinals won the title after winning only 83 games during the regular season.

  51. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    “After reading Sherman’s article, was the head of A-Rod’s right femur egg-shaped too, and if so, why wouldn’t that hereditary defect have alerted his doctors to examine his left hip, which given the chronic nature of these injuries, according to the article, may have been deteriorating for years.”

    Pretty good question

  52. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    i really think the owners slipped the LT increase past the players. they had gone along with a 40% top LT for the last cba and it didnt seem to make any difference (even though only one team ever paid the top price) so they probably thought it didn’t much matter.

    but it turned out that the small market teams got pretty much exactly what they wanted. the top LT % was enough to make the yankees pull back (we’ll see what the dodgers do in a couple of years) and the draft pool puts them on an even footing with the big clubs.

    .

  53. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    They checked A-Rod’s right hip in the playoffs and the MRI was clean. They didn’t find out about the left hip until after the season. That absolves Girardi.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....4-6-months

  54. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Randy,

    He’s a stat guy but he does raise a fair point…..if Arod had virtually zero range of motion in his left hip and virtually no strength in it then how was this not known and why didn’t they just say that in the playoffs rather than cause a big media circus and put Alex through the embarrassment of seemingly being bench because he couldn’t hit…..it doesn’t add up…..why wouldn’t they just say he wasn’t right physically?

  55. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    If his left hip was as bad as they said and he couldn’t rotate (which if you watched him hit in October that was clear)….then how on earth was that not checked out?

  56. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    “the 2000 yankees only won 87 games.

    i guess they weren’t ‘worth watching’”

    ys guy-

    actually they weren’t worth watching once they had the division wrapped up and went on that tailspin that almost cost them the division :)

  57. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    The 2000 yanks had Jeter, Bernie, and Posada in their primes and were the 2 time defending champs……

  58. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    blake, from the article I linked:

    “‘I think my right hip needs to be looked at,’” Cashman said Rodriguez told Girardi. “‘I just don’t feel like I’m firing on all cylinders,’ something to that effect. No complaint of pain or anything of that nature.”

    Noe maybe the Yankees doctors should have done a more thorough investigation…

  59. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: #mets have talked about marcum. and, as @AdamRubinESPN noted, pavano and chris young, too.

    Marcum on a one year deal would be nice…..should they trade a starter

  60. blake January 8th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I still find it hard to believe that Alex’s left hip was as bad as they say and he couldn’t tell

  61. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    “He’s a stat guy but he does raise a fair point…”

    blake-

    to me he’s a “fan” who never played the game who bashed bash bernie williams in his last few years. the guy is not nate silver. if he wants to get extreme with baseball knowledge like silver and then put out that knowledge with some objectivity the way silver does, i might pay attention.

    to me he’s just a fan who’s smart who know little about the game from either a hand on basis or serious statistical analysis. in other words he’s a lightweight fan posing as some sort of authority.

    kind of figures he’s studying law

    plus he’s a cashman suck up :)

  62. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I think the Yankees non-doctors (Cashman, Girardi) thought A-Rod was just losing his ability to age after the MRI on his right hip came back clean. Again, their doctors failed.

  63. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Randy,

    I don’t know anything about him….just think that one point was interesting…..I take pretty much everything from online “experts” with salt ;)

  64. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    on sept 8, 9, and 10th 2000, the yankees beat boston with clemens, pettitte (over pedro) then randy kiessler and they put themselves 24 games over .500 and 9 games up on the bosox.

    they won only 5 more games that regular season and finished 13 games over .500, 2 1/2 games over boston.

    but they got over it!

  65. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 8:59 am
    I think the Yankees non-doctors (Cashman, Girardi) thought A-Rod was just losing his ability to age after the MRI on his right hip came back clean. Again, their doctors failed.

    Yea but it was clear that he couldn’t use his legs at all….we talked about it on here all the time.

  66. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    hughes is the only starter they can trade unless they get one back. trading nova is crazy, they need him the next 3 years or they will need to replace him.
    cc’s got a ntc, they can’t trade kuroda or pettitte till the trade deadline and they need all the other guys they can muster the next 3 years.

  67. randy l. January 8th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    “I still find it hard to believe that Alex’s left hip was as bad as they say and he couldn’t tell”

    blake-

    didn’t albert belle, bo jackson, and wang all get taken down by hip problems?
    i have little to no knowledge of the way hips work but have read hips have problems with blood flow once an injury occurs, so they are not easy to heal. i guess there is a slow deterioration that happens over time and often the player tries to play through it making it worse.

    hips are the real generator of power (more than arms) so alex is in a tough place with the hip injury

  68. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    blake

    They did send him for the test. As laymen, it is reasonable for them to listen to what their “experts” told them.

  69. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    “hughes is the only starter they can trade unless they get one back. trading nova is crazy, they need him the next 3 years or they will need to replace him.”

    Nova might not even make the the rotation…..

  70. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    “i have little to no knowledge of the way hips work but have read hips have problems with blood flow once an injury occurs”

    Yea …a lot of cartilage and not as much blood supply.

  71. mick January 8th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    what did melo accomplish but let kg get in his head?
    cost them the game…

  72. Rich in NJ January 8th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    If they want compete this season,based on what they know now, they need Hughes.

  73. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    “Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 9:07 am
    blake

    They did send him for the test. As laymen, it is reasonable for them to listen to what their “experts” told them.”

    True….perhaps they need better experts

  74. Ys Guy January 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    you guys are so ‘last post’…

  75. blake January 8th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 8, 2013 at 9:13 am
    If they want compete this season,based on what they know now, they need Hughes.

    Yes unless they can replace him with Lohse or marcum etc then they can’t trade Hughes….starting pitching is their strength right now

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