The Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and San Francisco Giants have all expressed interest in New York Mets Outfielder Scott Hairston.
Hairston, 32, is having a solid year in Flushing hitting .259/.300/.514 (Batting Average/On Base Percentage/Slugging Percentage). Mets manager Terry Collins has used Hairston a lot against left-handed pitching, and has flourished against the South Paws hitting (.279/.330/.506).
Trading Hairston would free up an outfield position and give much needed playing time to young players like Jordany Valdespin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but would still continue to cause problems for the team. Hairston is the Mets big right handed bat outside of David Wright, and would still force the team to crave a right handed bat.
The Mets are taking baby steps, about two weeks after the Mets said they would be buyers at the deadline, it appears the Mets might be selling pieces in order to help for the future.
However, it wouldn’t be so bad to give Valdespin, and Nieuwenhuis (both left handed) much needed reps against south paws.
In twenty at-bats against left handers, Valdespin is hitting (.250/.286/.350) with six rbi this season.
Nieuwenhuis isn’t hitting much better against southpaws (.180/.286/.230) with a home run two rbi and 26 strikeouts.
Considering that the Mets season is gearing towards another year without a post season, it’s time to cut the ties with Hairston and evaluate the young talent, because that’s what the 2012 season is turning into, another evaluation season.
The Mets would listen to offers for Hairston if rival teams are willing to surrender players who can help in the near future. Hairston can hit left-handed pitching and has just $1.1MM remaining on his expiring contract and is enjoying a strong season with 12 home runs, 9 against south paws and can be a positive in late inning situations for a playoff contender.