Yankees & Mets interested in Scott Hairston, Ben Francisco

Scott HairstonThe Yankees and Mets continue to engage in a crosstown battle for the services of free agent Scott Hairston as they both seek a right-handed hitting outfielder.

Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told ESPN New York that his client expects to make a decision in “a matter of days.” The 32-year-old Hairston was a Met last season, batting .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games, and is expected to land at least a two-year deal.

“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has added two right-handed bats in recent weeks, claiming Russ Canzler on waivers from the Indians and signing Matt Diaz to a Minor League contract, but Cashman has said that he is not done looking for help in that department.

Both New York teams, as well as three other clubs, have also contacted the representative for free agent outfielder Ben Francisco, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post.

Agent John Boggs tells Hale that he and his client are looking for the “best opportunity” for Francisco “and who will offer the most at-bats.” Francisco, 31, batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 82 games last season with the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays.

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