Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ideas for the next Hairston...

There's a lot of speculation as to who the Mets will go after to fill their outfield holes, we've heard the same names over and over again such as Ross, Bourn, and of course Hairston.  We know they need a right handed bat and would like to bring in an established veteran.

I think were looking at the wrong names, just like we hadn't thought of Collin Cowgill what the Organization maybe looking for is what Scott Hairston was when they originally signed him.

At the time the Mets signed Hairston to a mere 1.1 M one year deal he was a 30 y/o coming off the worst season of his career as a Padre.  In 2010 he played in 104 games which he only hit .210 with a .295 OBP, that's what allowed the Mets to sign him for just over a million. What the Mets hoped they would get was the guy who averaged over a seven year career a .247 BA with 20 HRs and 26 doubles.

Now that Hairston has peaked they'll allow someone else to give him a multi year deal and look for the next Hairston.

Here are a few potential free agents that meet the profile ( RHB OF coming off bad years)...

Ben Francisco is a 31 y/o right handed outfielder who bounced between three teams hitting only .241 with 2 HRs and 10 doubles.  Francisco career average is .257 with a .357 OBP, 15 HRs and 31 doubles...

Ryan Raburn is a 32 y/o  right handed outfielder who spent his entire seven year career with the Tigers.  Last year he hit .171, .256 OBP with one HR and 15 doubles but on his career he's a .256 hitter with a .311 OBP, 15 home runs and 27 doubles.

Nyjer Morgan is also 32y/o right handed outfielder but unlike the first two he can play center field   Last season with the Brewers Morgan hit .239 with an OBP .302 much off his career averages of BA .280, OBP .341.  Morgan has never had much power hitting only 3 HRs and 20 doubles per season but he has averaged 33 steals a season despite only stealing 12 last year.  

Couple other guys who are a bit older but meet the criteria of coming off a bad year but have serviceable carreer numbers; Juan Rivera, Jeff Baker and Kosuke Fukudome...


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