NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting Tuesday with the agent for Scott Hairston.
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Hairston made $1.1 million last season and is in line for a sizable raise after slugging 20 homers. He would like a multi-year deal, but Mets insiders have expressed optimism he will re-sign. The logic: The lefty-dominated Mets can offer significant playing time. And teams that would like Hairston for more of a bench role will cap the amount they will bid because he would be a complementary player for them.
“We’ve talked to his agent today,” Alderson said. “I’m not prepared to say I’m optimistic about any particular option right now. We’re still evaluating them. Having optimism over one suggests that we prefer one or the other.”
Alderson did say he is not eager to give any free-agent outfielder a two-year deal, while not fully ruling it out.
“Two years at minimum salary? Done,” Alderson quipped.
More seriously, he added: “We’d be careful about that.”
Alderson believed he could leave the winter meetings with an outfielder.
“It’s a possibility," he said. "I wouldn’t say it’s a certainty.”
Ryan Ludwick may be the best available free-agent outfielder at the upper limits of the Mets' price range. The Post's Ken Davidoff reports the Mets also have interest in corner infielder Mark Reynolds for an outfield role, but may be scared off by a $7 million price tag for one year.