We're still at the tire-kicking stage of the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes, still largely playing a guessing game. But in theory, some teams make more sense than others -- assuming, of course, that those teams are willing to gamble on a recovering addict who seems to deal with one physical issue after another.
Hardly anyone in the sport has any idea which team will sign Hamilton, or how much money he will get in free agency. Here are four clubs, though, that agents and rival executives have mentioned as possibilities at the general managers' meetings. Whether those teams demonstrate serious interest in Hamilton remains to be seen.
- Washington Nationals. The Nats only will pursue an outfielder if they fail to re-sign free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and move Michael Morse from left field to first base.
At that point, they might prefer a leadoff type, a free-agent center fielder such as Michael Bourn. Or, they might leave Bryce Harper in center, go with a Tyler Moore/Roger Bernad...