Scott Hairston takes batting practice before a game at Citi Field in 2011 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Scott Hairston takes batting practice before a game at Citi Field in 2011 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Outfielder Scott Hairston has agreed to a two-year contract worth up to $6 million with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine.

The New York Mets will have to muddle along without their best outfielder from 2012, though who knows if he could have repeated his career-best performance.

The likely means more playing time for the likes of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Collin Cowgill.

Words can’t express my enthusiasm.

MetsBlog reports that the Mets have interest in free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, at least to the extent that they’ve petitioned Major League Baseball to protect their first round draft pick should they sign him. But given Sandy Alderson‘s aversion to long-term deals for older players and several other teams also reportedly interested in Bourn, it feels like this is really just a sham to make fans think the Mets are trying to do something to improve for 2013.

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6 responses

  1. Although he’ll be missed (relatively speaking), I can’t blame either Hairston or the Mets for the way this worked out. I don’t know that I would’ve given him a two year contract.

    I don’t know how much difference Scott Hairston would’ve made, anyway. It’s gonna be a looooooooooooong season.

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    • Oh, and I don’t think the Mets will start the season with that outfield, even if it’s just a matter of picking up someone on waivers at the end of Spring Training. Yeah, I know, scant consolation.

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    • Paul says:

      I can’t blame Hairston for taking the best offer he got, and I don’t think he would have made enough of a difference to worry about.

      My problem with the Mets is that we’re actually pretending guys like Scott Hairston, Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, etc. have any business being potential starting players on a major league roster.

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  2. MJ says:

    We could have extended Hairston’s contract mid season at less (roughly 1.5 mil per)than we offered him post season. At the time, I was told he wasn’t worth it and we should trade him. No one was able to explain how, if he wasn’t worth signing cheap, any team would trade for him. I’m prepared to go with what we have, though I’d like to see Den Dekker get a shot. I think he’s substantially better than Cowgill. I don’t see how this team could be any worse to follow than the 79-81 Mets. Gonna be a lot of empty seats at Citi Field this year.

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    • Paul says:

      I’m really not upset about Hairston leaving… but I wanted to replace him with someone better.

      Den Dekker’s not going to get much of a look this spring, barring injuries, because he’s another left-handed batter and he was terrible when he got moved up to Triple-A last year. (90 strikeouts in 295 at-bats, .256 on base percentage) Cowgill really isn’t exciting, but he’s supposed to be decent defensively and he hits right-handed (the only one of the outfielders on the 40-man roster with major league experience who does.)

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  3. Three mil a year for a platoon player with a .247 lifetime average and .276 from his good side (.286 last year at the age of 32) and who made a million one each of the last two seasons? Let the Cubs pay him that. Sie en geshundt.

    That someone thinks Hairston is worth three million proves that, just because they own multi-million dollar or billion dollar franchises, team owners are morons.

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