The market for the second tier of free agent outfielders is starting to settle in, which means more serious interest is mounting for Scott Hairston, who is in search of getting a multi-year deal after a season in which he hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 homers and 57 RBI in 377 at-bats.
The Mets are still in the mix when it comes to teams that have an interest in signing Hairston, but Sandy Alderson is sticking to his guns when it comes to not offering him a deal that spans more than one season. The other teams rumored to be interested in Hairston’s services include the Yankees, Phillies, Giants, and Cardinals. He earned $1.1 million last season playing in Flushing, and his agent will do his best to get him a significant raise following a career year. Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlogsaid he’s hearing two-years and $10 million being thrown around as a potential deal, and if that’s the case, I wouldn’t expect the Mets to go after him hard if the competition heats up. It’s not the best use of Sandy’s time to get into a bidding war for a player who will likely be the fourth outfielder on the active roster.
When it comes to our daily R.A. Dickey news and rumors, Andy Martino tweets there won’t be anything happening between New York and the Dodgers, as Alderson doesn’t see Zach Lee and Dee Gordon as appropriate return for the knuckler. There has been more interest in Dickey from teams looking for top-of-the-line starting pitching since Zack Greinke and James Shields are both off the market, but the Red Sox won’t pursue the Cy Young winner until they know whether or not they have a good chance of landing Ryan Dempster.
Dickey is also on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated, with Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison. The NY Post mentioned the Mets are concerned that Dickey’s sudden fame and time in the spotlight will hamper his on the field performance. I understand that extension negotiations need to move slow in case something attractive on the trade market forms for New York, but there is no need to start making these excuses. If he gets traded, just tell the truth; they were able to get impact players who can help the organization in the long-term. There will be no need to hide behind comments such as these.
This off-season has been the type Ike Davis hasn’t had in a few years, as he deems himself healthy. The first baseman made an appearance on WFAN yesterday, talked about what happened last year, and how he’s feeling as he prepares for 2013. He admitted he understood why fans wanted him sent to the minors during his first half slump in 2012, and revealed that due to rehabbing his ankle injury last winter and the effects of Valley Fever, he wasn’t able to properly prepare himself and be in top game shape, which led to his early season struggles. Once he was able to get into better shape and build up his endurance, he became one of the team’s most productive players after the All-Star break, and it showed in his stats; prior to the mid-summer classic, Davis put together a putrid .201/.271/.388 line, compared to the .255/.346/.542 he hit in the second half.
Will Ike be able to put together a full season now that he’s been able to train the way he wants to? He certainly thinks so, and I’d love to see him do what he did in the second half throughout all of 2013.