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Scott Hairston, Yankees reportedly talking

01/08/2013 9:46 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Scott Hairston is a career .247 hitter in nine Major League seasons.(AP)
The New York Yankees search for a right-handed hitting outfielder remains in full force. Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler have been brought on board, but the prize of the free agent market is Scott Hairston.

Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told ESPNNewYork.com that both the Yankees and New York Mets are speaking to his client with a decision coming “in a matter of days.”

Hairston has played for the Mets the past two years and posted career numbers in 2012, batting .263 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs in 131 games. If he remains with the Mets, he’ll probably play every day, whereas in the Bronx he’ll be viewed as a reserve to Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, but also an important player on a pennant contender. The potential hang-up, however, is Hairston’s wish for a multi-year deal. With the exception of Ichiro, the Yankees have avoided deals beyond one year per the$189 million payroll limit for 2014 imposed by owner Hal Steinbrenner.

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