Scott Hairston, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Ronny Cedeno, Kelly Shoppach, Tim Byrdak and Chris Young all became free agents today, and are free to negotiate with other teams.

Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets still would like to retain Hairston, but the raise and probability he will command a multi-year deal makes his return unlikely.

Sandy Alderson said in July he decided not to trade Hairston at the trade deadline because he had more value to the Mets on the team than he did for the quality of prospects he could have acquired in return.

Hairston was then placed on trade waivers in August, and while he was claimed, the Mets did not make a deal.
Good thing they kept Hairston on the team, it paid dividends.