"3:18pm: The Mets balked when Hairston asked for $8MM over two years, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The Yankees aren't involved, but the outfielder still seems upbeat, Heyman adds."
Okay, I realize he is probably looking for a full time position, and he might not have any interest in being a platoon player, but...
For $4M a year for only 2 years?http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/01/hairston-expected-to-choose-team-this-week.html
Sign me up.
HE would be the PERFECT RH compliment to Dirks.
The thing is, he could get a decent amount of playing time here, between the days with a lefty on the mound and the ample times Leyland will rest Hunter. He probably could get upward of 100 games in and be on a sure contender, compared to the Cubs or Mets.
I know the Yanks are in the mix but you figure they probably have about as much playing time to.offer as we do.
That was then.
If he can be had for a mere 4 million... we should be back in this, if it were up to me.
It's more about playing time right now and promises attached to the bargaining table. It kinda' reminds me of the promises made to then-FA Fielder about playing 1B-only, for all the games scheduled.
I'm not saying Hairston wants to play everyday. I'm just saying there's more to contract negotiations than just hammering out the dollars and years.