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The Tigers may be looking at Hairston as part of a platoon in left field.
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly looking to find a right-handed outfielder to form a platoon in left field with Andy Dirks, and they may have their eye on Scott Hairston, according to FOX's Ken Rosenthal. Detroit already shored up its situation in right field when it inked Torii Hunter to a two-year deal, and can round out its outfield with the addition of another righty bat.
Rosenthal reports that Hairston is also being targeted by both the New York Yankees and New York Mets, though those teams are still in the infancy of courting him. As a Met in 2012, Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 in 377 at-bats across 134 games. He set career highs in home runs (20), RBI (57), doubles (25) and hits (99), but will be 33 years old when the 2013 season kicks off.
Rosenthal also notes that the Tigers are still looking to address the shortstop position and would like to find a left-handed reliever. He also says that the team is comfortable handing its closer job to prospect Bruce Rondon.