The winter has reached a calm as teams make final evaluations, and players like Scott Hairston are suddenly fending off suitors. The Phillies have long been linked to Hairston because of previous interest and need for a righthanded outfielder.
Hairston, though, is reportedly deciding between the two New York teams. Hairston's agent, Casey Close, told ESPNNewYork.com that he is negotiating with both the Mets and Yankees and will make a decision in "a matter of days."
That jives with what Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday. The Phillies GM expects to enter spring training with his current outfield roster, save for maybe a small veteran signing.
Hairston, 32, is believed to be seeking a two-year deal. He is the best remaining corner outfield option on a barren free-agent market. He earned $1.1 million in 2012 with the Mets while mashing 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances. Most of his damage came against lefthanded pitching.
Amaro said Monday he did not see anything more than a marginal upgrade available via free agency or trade within the Phillies' constraints.
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