The answer is probably only marginally, as Hairston, a platoon player, wouldn’t solve the questions surrounding the double corner outfield platoon idea that is driving some fans crazy. But if you’re going that route, and with not too many options out there, the 32-year-old veteran would give the Phillies a right-handed bat with some pop to throw in the mix.
Hairston, who reportedly would prefer to stay with the Mets, is a career .247 hitter who has only eclipsed 400 at-bats in a season once (464 in 2009 with the Padres and A’s). He hit .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs for New York last season, but keep in mind that six of those homers and nine of the RBIs came against the Phillies.
Hairston is a .276 hitter against southpaws but hits just .229 against right-handers, so a platoon with Domonic Brown or Laynce Nix could work. He would be an upgrade over John Mayberry Jr. -- who would then likely be the fifth outfielder -- and probably wouldn’t demand too much money (but who really knows in this free agent market?).
Hairston might be the best option left but not the everyday corner outfielder that would excite the fanbase. That player would likely have to come via trade, which would mean parting with more young talent.