Cubs Sign Scott Hairston

Apparently, one year, $2M, and a happy clubhouse wasn’t enough to convince Scott Hairston to return to the Mets.

Instead, Hairston opted for two years and up to $6M based on incentives to play in Chicago. For the Cubs. Haven’t the Cubs been in a similar situation as the Mets for the past few years? Aren’t they also in a rebuilding mode? So what gives?

I suppose the Cubs have money to spend. I also suppose that they are interested in providing a Major League product to fans who are paying Major League prices. How in the world, though, can they do such a thing when they’re rebuilding? I thought it’s impossible to rebuild and spend money on a Major League team at the same time? Huh.

But, I never saw any point in the Mets bringing back Hairston. He might be able to repeat his career year with a little luck from wind-aided fly balls in Wrigley Field. Still, it would be nice if they brought in SOMEONE to play the outfield. This is getting a little ridiculous.

Your thoughts? Will the Mets miss Scott Hairston? Will he have another 20-HR year in Chicago? Will the Mets have any MLB OFs by Opening Day?

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