Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mets will weigh options for bench -impact Harris & Hairston

Photo by Michael Baron
It says something about the organization when veteran players who only ended up with part time positions despite multiple injuries and a losing season want to come back.

Harris played in 124 games with 234 ABs in which he hit .255 with an OPS .689. Harris has been very versatile playing all three outfield positions along with 2B and 3B.  He's really come on strong to end the year, in the month of Sept. he's had 44 ABs in which he's hitting .295BA / OBP .446 / SLG .409 / OPS .856.

Hairston ended the season on the DL, prior to that he only played in 79 games with 132 ABs in which he hit a mere .235 but had a solid OPS of .773 and slugging percentage of .470.  He played all three outfield positions and even filled in at 2B. 

According to the Daily News the Mets will see whats available through free agency before deciding on whether to bring back either player.  I know I'd like to see an entire youth movement on the bench but managers seem to like having a veteran on the bench, if for nothing else then their leadership in the clubhouse.

Team insiders say that the Mets will weigh the entire free agent market for bench players before deciding whether to retain their own free agents. If the club offers Harris and/or Hairston the chance to re-sign, it will not do so until later in the offseason. source Daily News