Mets Lose Outfielder Scott Hairston to Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and veteran free agent Scott Hairston have agreed to a two-year contract, pending a physical.
Hairston's power from the right side garnered him career highs with a .504 slugging percentage and .803 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 134 games for the Mets last season. He hit .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs.
The 32-year-old could fit with the Cubs as a platoon partner for the left-handed Nate Schierholtz in right field.
A nine-year big league veteran, Hairston has played for four teams, with a .247/.302/.449 career batting line. He has spent time at all three outfield positions, the majority in left.
After seeing Hairston removed from among their targets, the Mets now see reportedly Michael Bourn as a "realistic" option.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson "has softened his position" and "seems more willing" to give up the team's top draft choice as compensation to the Atlanta Braves, the New York Post reported.
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