Via Dan Martin: The Yankees “continue to have conversations” with free agent outfielder Scott Hairston. The former Met would presumably fill the Andruw Jones role of designated lefty masher rather than replace Nick Swisher outright.
Hairston, 32, hit .263/.299/.504 (118 wRC+) overall in 398 plate appearances this season, but he tagged southpaws for a .286/.317/.550 (135 wRC+) batting line with eleven homers in 199 plate appearances. He’s posted a 121 wRC+ against lefties in his two years across town (119 career). Hairston is a decent defender in the corners and can fake center field in an emergency. Reports this offseason indicate that he’ll likely sign a two-year deal worth upwards of $8-10M, which is pretty pricy for a platoon bat. He would be an upgrade over 2012 Jones obviously, but this season was very likely a career year.