If someone told me that the New York Yankees first move of this off-season would be the signing of OF journeyman Scott Hairston, I would laugh.
And not because inking Hairston is a joke but you grab him as bench after you deal with the legitimate vacancies that need to be filled first.
With Nick Swisher gone, the Yankees have an available starting job in right-field so what fans have grown to expect is that GM Brian Cashman will be inking a player who is expected to make-up the 24 homers, 93 RBIs and 77 walks that were lost.
Once this “new star” deal is done that is when Cashman adds a player like Hairston. He would also be a legit back up for when an everyday guy needs a day-off, and would be a valid filler if any of the starters got hurt, God forbid.
Hairston would be a legitimate cushion for the Yankees or any team to have off the bench, as he proved last season with the Mets. In 398 at-bats, Hairston hit 20-homers, 57 RBIs, while posting a .263 batting average.
No doubt Hairston is an ideal platoon/pinch-hitter for the Yankees but my inkling is that they are looking at him as more of an everyday outfielder that will share time with Raul Ibanez, which is scary to even imagine.
Hairston is 32-years old, and has nine-years in the Bigs under his belt but not once has he ever been an everyday player.
Last season with the Amazins’ was the most at-bats he has ever had, and don’t forget that Hairston has been linked to PEDs during his career so who really knows his true talent, or whether he was back on the juice again.
The Yankees are obviously shopping the sale rack this off-season by choice, which is beyond disappointing and New York fans are not happy.
What is even eerier is that Hairston’s price tag might exceed what the Yankees are looking to pay him, as MLB.com reported that he is looking to be an everyday player, and supposedly numerous teams are interested in retaining him.
The Yankees are really pushing the limits here, as without some vast improvements this 2013 team will not be a contending one.
And sadly the Yankees will lose the Al East, but maybe that is when Hal Steinbrenner will finally to take notice because fans will not pay for tickets to watch a crappy team.