Mets place Torres, Hairston on waivers

08/27/2012 4:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Mets placed outfielders Scott Hairston and Andres Torres on waivers prior to Sunday's game, according to multiple reports.

Hairston, 32, is hitting .272 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI overall this season, but his line of .320-9-27 in 147 at-bats against lefties and his friendly contract (roughly $250k remaining on his salary this season) could make him an attractive target in the final week before the Sept. 1 postseason roster deadline.

Torres, 34, is hitting .230 with two homers, 32 RBI, and 10 steals this season. He is still owed $2.7 million this season, and would be eligible for arbitration this winter.

Many teams routinely place players through waivers in August, and the Mets will know whether Hairston or Torres was claimed later Monday. If a player is claimed on waivers, the team has three options: work out a trade with the claiming team, pull the player back (meaning they would be ineligible to be traded at all), or let the player go and allow the claiming team to assume his contract.

Players must be traded prior to Sept. 1 to be eligible for their new team’s postseason roster.

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