FLUSHING, N.Y. — The New York Mets today made a move that lets their fans and other teams know that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012. The club announced that they had resigned outfielder Scott Hairston to a 1-year major league contract for about $1.1 million pending the results of a physical.
Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson summed up the decision at a press conference this afternoon: “Scott was an integral part of our 85 loss team last year. Sure you might say he only hit .235 and that he had more strikeouts than base hits and maybe he’s a bit slow and not a great defender and he’s on the wrong side of 30 and he’s never been able to hit right-handed pitching and now he’s not too good against lefties either, but sometimes you have to put the statistics aside and look at a player’s intangibles. First of all, he’s a great guy in the clubhouse, a veteran presence our younger players can look up to and learn from. Second, he’s a lot better than some of the other guys we’re going to be trotting out at Citi Field in 2012. And third, and most importantly, he was cheap. We didn’t have to pay for his moving expenses and he was one of the few guys last year not to complain about some of the team revenue enhancements we implemented in the clubhouse, like pay toilets and charging rent according to the size and location of a player’s locker. Frankly, we’re broke and we have no hope of contending next year, and so I have a great amount of respect for Scott as a man to be willing to play baseball under these circumstances.”