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  1. I’ve been advocating for Hairston on the Twins for months… and that was before we saw fit to dub Jason Repko as our de facto fourth outfielder yet again. Please Twins… let’s get this to happen. Minimal investment, solid defense, decent speed, and far more offense than Repko. Given the atrocity that is our bench right now, I’m willing to trade a little of Repko’s plus defense for some offense to balance out the other three bench… “bats”… we currently have.

    Comment by MorneauVP — January 13, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  2. If the Yankees do no sign Andruw Jones, they Scott Hairston makes perfect sense for them. I hope they move quickly on Jones, so in case something goes wrong Hairston is still available.

    Comment by KM — January 13, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  3. Dodgers

    Comment by Table — January 13, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  4. I don’t understand this. If the Yankees need a glove they sign Hairston. If they need a bat, they sign Jones. I don’t understand how a failure to sign Jones means they need to sign Hairston. The Yankees should be looking to fill specific needs with their bench not simply going for value.

    Comment by Bill — January 13, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

  5. He would make sense for the Braves in that he’s good enough to play center on a short term basis, and he could help balance the lineup against lefties.

    Comment by Dan — January 13, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  6. they need a right handed fourth outfielder who can hit lefties above average and play decent defense. jones offers a bit more offense, while hairston offers a bit more defense. both would be good fits with jones being the preferred one.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — January 13, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  7. I don’t think they’ll sign both, or that either would sign with the Yankees if the other signs. Jones is better offensively and still a little above average defensively, so I think he’s the safer option. That’s why I view Hairston as the lesser option, but either would be a nice improvement over their current bench options.

    Comment by KM — January 13, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  8. Not sure I get this. Hairston is a better fielder, sure, but definitely not elite. His bat is below average, so the only value he really brings is that he can play in centerfield without hurting you (and given margins of error, he’s probably only average out here).

    Matt Diaz isn’t a great player, but he’s generated a higher WAR than Hairston every year in the past 5, excepting his extremely injury-laden 2008.

    I think I can understand teams not being eager to sign a 31 year old whose value comes largely from his outfield defense, which isn’t even THAT good.

    Comment by Bronnt — January 13, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  9. Clarification: Hairston isn’t 31 yet, but he’ll be 31 for most of next season-I meant to express that better in my last comment.

    Comment by Bronnt — January 13, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  10. I had NO idea Matt Diaz is 32. For those keeping score at home, he’s a mere one year younger than Andruw Jones.

    Comment by Bo — January 13, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  11. This is one where the scouts may beat the stats: in watching Scott Hairston play–when healthy–he is a better than league average player. However, it seems he is constantly getting nicked up, plays through the injury with his football player mentality, bats horrendously, and finally is convinced to go on the DL; upon returning–if healed up–he starts to get back into it, but sustainable success is aborted by the injury cycle starting up again.

    His talent is what caused the Padres to bat him third/fourth when they acquired him, but his inability to stay healthy is what has held him back from major league success.

    Comment by mother — January 14, 2011 @ 4:14 am

  12. The value he brings is that he’s versatile, plays pretty good defense, and hits lefties quite well.

    Comment by chuckb — January 14, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  13. How do the stats not reflect all the things you just mentioned?

    Comment by chuckb — January 14, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  14. I guess? I mean, we’ve been told to heavily regress all L/R splits, and 634 career PAs against left handed pitchers, I’m not sure just how good he is against lefties.

    The entirety of his versatility is tied into his ability to play decent in CF, but such things are fickle. He’s this year’s version of Ryan Church, (who was 31 last year) except right handed. Church’s ability to play in center either fell off, or he fell completely out of favor after one bad season.

    Comment by Bronnt — January 14, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  15. And how many pounds lighter?

    Comment by AA — January 16, 2011 @ 3:42 am

  16. This is probably why the Mets are now after Scott Hairston.
    Health jokes aside, fits in as organizational depth and given our track record of injuries and his good platoon split, he’ll be in the running for a 4th or 5th outfielder spot.

    Comment by chri521 — January 18, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

  17. On what planet is Hairston a better fielder than Jones?

    Comment by moot — January 18, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

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