Mets optimistic about Hairston return

December, 4, 2012
12/04/12
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Free agent Scott Hairston told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday he believed a reunion with the Mets was "probable."

Mets insiders actually feel similarly optimistic, although there are no assurances.

Many of the other suitors for Hairston are looking at him for a bench role, with pinch-hitting the primary responsibility. But after hitting 20 homers in 377 at-bats last season, Hairston desires a larger role.

The Mets, whose outfield currently consists of lefty hitters Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, are in a far better position to offer a large role for Hairston.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187