Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Righty-hitting outfielder Scott Hairston is officially back on board with the Mets, on a deal that was expected to be worth $1.1 million.
Here's the official team release:
The New York Mets today announced the club has re-signed outfielder Scott Hairston to a one-year major league contract.
Hairston, 31, batted .235 (31-132) with 20 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 24 RBI in 79 games with the Mets last season.
The 6-0, 204-pounder hit three pinch-hit home runs in 2011, one shy of the single-season franchise record shared by Mark Carreon (1989) and Danny Heep (1983).
He started at all three outfield positions, appearing in 10 games (four starts) in leftfield, 10 games (eight starts) in centerfield and 15 games (11 starts) in rightfield. The Fort Worth, TX native also had a career-high five RBI on July 16 at Philadelphia.
Hairston has hit 75 career home runs and driven in 222 runs in 643 major league games with Arizona, San Diego, Oakland and the Mets.
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Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports at the Winter Meetings earlier this month indicated the pact to be worth $12 million.
Francisco is expected to become the closer for the Mets. He was 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 earned run average in 54 games for Toronto last year. He converted each of his seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA after the All-Star break.
The 32-year-old right-hander notched 25 saves in 2009 with Texas, then helped the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 in a set up role. He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five seasons.
Francisco owns a career record of 18-19 with 49 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 331 games over seven seasons with Texas and Toronto. He has also fanned 368 batters in 334 lifetime innings.
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Rauch, 33, appeared in 53 games with the Blue Jays last season, going 5-4 with 11 saves and a 4.85 ERA. He also struck out 36 batters and pitched at least one inning in 39 of his 53 appearances.
The 6-foot-10 righty will likely set up Frank Francisco, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $12 million deal but have yet to officially announce.
Rauch, an eight-year veteran, is 39-31 with 58 saves and a 3.82 ERA in his career.
Since 2006, Rauch leads all relievers with 31 wins and his 434 appearances during that time are the second-most by a reliever.