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?