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ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews reported Monday that Scott Hairston will be staying in New York in 2013, and that the bidding is down to the Yankees and the Mets.
Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told Matthews that talks are ongoing with both teams and that Hairston is expected to decide between Queens and the Bronx in “a matter of days.”
Hairston’s been with the Mets for two seasons and had the best year of his career in 2012. He hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 homers and 57 RBI in 398 plate appearances, and made 38 starts in right field, 37 in left field and 11 in center.
More importantly from the Yankees’ point of view, Hairston is a right-handed hitter who hit lefties well last season. Hairston hit .286/.317/.550 with 11 homers and 30 RBI in 199 plate appearances against left-handers in 2012, compared to .239/.281/.457 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 199 plate appearances off right-handed pitching.
Working against the Yankees is the fact Hairston would most likely be a fourth outfielder in the Bronx, backing up Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner. With the Mets, Hairston could be an everyday player but would not likely be in a position to play in the postseason for the rebuilding club.