One prominent agent said the Philadelphia Phillies could “surprise
everyone” and sign free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton this offseason, reports
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
"Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign Hamilton,'' said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 29, 2012
A scout expressed similar sentiments to Crasnick, who added
that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has a reputation for “liking the
While the Phillies have reportedly been targeting center
fielders early this offseason, they could be in the market for multiple
outfielders. The team traded veteran outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane
Victorino last summer.
The market for Hamilton continues to be hazy at best, so
speculation such as this figures to be ongoing until it becomes clearer which
teams will actually pursue the slugger. He’s reportedly seeking a seven-year,
$175 million contract, which could certainly limit his number of suitors.
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