Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mets miss the boat on outfielder, Scott Hairston sails to Cubs

According to ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract worth up to $6 million, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Hairston will fit into the Cubs' mix as a platoon corner outfielder.

The other teams that had been talking to Hairston's agent were the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

The 32-year-old Hairston's deal includes incentive clauses that could increase the value to $6 million, pending a physical.

Hairston who played for the Mets in 2012, put up his best power numbers. The outfielder had 48 extra-base hits, including a career-high 20 home runs, in just 377 at-bats.

Hairston made $1.1 million last season before becoming a free agent for the first time in his career. He most likely will platoon with left-handed hitters Nate Schierholtz in right field and David DeJesus in center.
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