Now is not the time to shop young players under control, such as Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole. Those are winter trade possibilities; you want to engage all teams in players like that.
As an impending free agent, Hairston is different. He can parachute in to a contender and help — enough, the Mets can hope, that a claiming club would be willing to give up a lower-tiered prospect. A warm body with potential.
The 32-year-old Hairston attracted several teams at the trade deadline, but the Mets were not interested in parting with him at the time. Hairston has performed particularly well against left-handed pitchers this season, hitting .304/.338/.587 with nine home runs.
Batting .264/.305/.516 with fourteen home runs overall, it is unlikely Hairston would make it through the waiver process unclaimed. With Hairston owed just $1.1 million in salary, Davidoff believes the outfielder will be an ex-Met come September 1 unless the claiming team offers nothing in return.
Will Scott Hairston still be a Met on September 1st?