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St. Louis Cardinals rumors: Scott Hairston still an option in free agency

The Cardinals are looking for outfield help after dealing Skip Schumaker, and Scott Hairston is a potential target.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

With Skip Schumaker on this way to the Los Angeles Dodgers via trade, the St. Louis Cardinals could make an even bigger push for someone they were previously interested in, free agent outfielder Scott Hairston.

Hairston's former team, the New York Mets, is still interested in retaining him, but Hairston is looking for a multi-year deal wherever he lands. He made $1.1 million last season with the Mets.

Hairston should be due at least a modest raise with whomever he signs. He hit .263/.299/.504 for the Mets last season with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 runs batted in, seven shy of a career high. The San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and the Mets' subway rivals, the New York Yankees, are also reportedly interested in Hairston.

Before his two-year tenure in New York, Hairson spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland A's and had two separate stints with the San Diego Padres.