The Detroit Tigers have extended a two-year contract offer to free agent outfielder Scott Hairston, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets after bouncing around with a few teams earlier in his career.
In Detroit, the right-handed Hairston would likely take on a platoon role in left field given his ability to hit left-handed pitching, sharing time at the position with lefty-swinging Andy Dirks. The Tigers have been rumored to be looking for a right-handed bat to give their lineup a boost, and Hairston would presumably fit the bill.
Last season, Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 25 doubles and 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances with the Mets, playing all three outfield positions. His career hitting numbers are roughly league average, though the platoon split has been present throughout.
ESPN New York's Adam Rubin says that Hairston won't be signing with Detroit, but reports have been flying in all day from the winter meetings, so this is probably a situation worth monitoring.