As the New York Yankees continue to slowly fill the remaining holes on their roster, they turn their attention to outfielder Scott Hairston, who tops their list of free agents they would like to sign, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York.
With Brett Gardner in left field, Curtis Granderson in center field, and Ichiro Suzuki expected to return in right field, the Yankees have plenty of speed in their outfield, but lack a power-hitting right-handed hitter. Hairston, who spent last season in New York with the Mets, is New York's first option to fill that role.
Though the Yankees have shown interest, Hairston is looking to return to the Mets next season. However, a quality contract offer and a better chance of winning in the Bronx could change Hairston's mind.
In 134 games, Hairston hit .263 with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 RBI last season. The 32 year-old veteran has had an up and down career, playing all three outfield positions and even spending some time at second base through nine seasons while bouncing around between the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and New York Mets.
If Hairston decides to re-sign with the Mets, don't expect the Yankees to pursue top free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, as some rumors have reported. The Yankees are still looking to lower the team's payroll by 2014, putting Bourn outside the team's budget.
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