This is what we’re reduced to, weighing the pros and cons of signing an oft-injured and well-traveled fourth outfielder. I never thought about Scott Hairston as a CF option because 1.) He’s not very good and 2.) I thought he was only a corner OF.
Turns out he’s decent enough in CF, faring better than Ankiel and McLouth in those defensive metrics I still don’t quite understand (or want to).
Hairston’s only real value is as a right-handed hitter versus southpaws. He’s a career .278 hitter against lefties, with a .498 slugging percentage despite playing most of his career in Oakland and San Diego’s pitcher-friendly ballparks.
All that said, I’d rather have someone who can run. Or Andruw, who had an .OPS more than 200 points higher than McOut’s in 2010. And he’s still only 34 years old.