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The Texas Rangers have been the most aggressive team in
pursuit of free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
#Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Rosenthal adds that if the Rangers are able to re-sign
Hamilton this winter it would ease the sting of losing catcher/first baseman
Mike Napoli, who reached a three-year agreement with the Boston Red Sox
Last season for the Ranger Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with
31 doubles and 43 home runs. The 31-year-old owns a career line of
.304/.363/.549 over six seasons at the major league level.
Beyond the Rangers, the Milwaukee Brewers are seen as “on
periphery” with Hamilton, according to Rosenthal. It’s also been reported that
the chances of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies signing the
outfielder are not high. Hamilton did meet with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday,
a team that is reportedly seriously targeting offense this winter.
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BEST OF MAXIM
The Seattle Mariners are making a strong push to sign free
agent slugger Josh Hamilton and they are actually “very close” to getting a
deal done, reports Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.
But I’m now told the talks between the two sides have been a
lot more serious than anyone has let on and that they are actually “very close”
to getting a deal done.
The following guest contribution was written by Richard Pallarino (@rpallarino). Richard is a student at CUNY-College of Staten Island and a Constituent Aide at the New York State Senate. Josh Hamilton was selected first overall in the 1999 Amateur Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, touted by scouts as one of the most pure talents [...]
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The Boston Red Sox already added free agent outfielders Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes in the offseason, but that isn't stopping them from talking to the highest-profile outfielder remaining on the free agent market. Josh Hamilton spoke with Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports out of the winter meetings...
The Texas Rangers and slugger Josh Hamilton are making progress on
a deal, according to sources.
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins salary dump.
Thats about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland think sprawling...
The Texas Rangers have a child-like Christmas list of needs as they shop around at the Winter Meetings this week in Nashville.
Texas could certainly use some bullpen help. They have to get a starting catcher. Getting a legit No. 1 would be a nice present too. And that doesn't include getting the No. 1 gift on the wish list of several teams Josh Hamilton.
But it's possible...
This year at the Winter Meetings, one team seems interested in every hitter on the market: the Seattle Mariners. They've apparently talked about (and this is not an inclusive list) Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Billy Butler, Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez...you get the picture. Every and any hitter with a pulse has been mentioned in the same breath as the offensively challenged Mariners...
Consider me surprised to hear this news: Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Phillies have "expressed interest" in former Phillies outfielder and 2012 postseason hero Raul Ibañez: Could #Yankees lose on Ibanez too? Source says #Mariners, #Rangers, #Phillies all have expressed interest. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2012...
Photo: Wikipedia Commons Cross another name off of the Phillies potential center field board. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants and centerfielder Angel Pagan, a Phillies target, are close to agreement on a new deal: Sources: Pagan close to re-signing with #SFGiants. — Ken Rosenthal...
Lot of news coming from the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Here are the topics that are catching our eye:
Center Field: Looking to Trade?
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that the Phillies have maintained their interest in Dexter Fowler and Peter Bourjos as trade targets. With the departure of Torii Hunter, Bourjos is now projected to be a starting outfielder for the Angels...
The Chicago Cubs have signed Japanese free agent pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and the MLB Network reported on Saturday, but the Cubs remained quiet on the subject on Sunday. According to the report, Fujikawa would receive a signing bonus of $1 million, plus $4 million in 2013 and 2014. There also was a vesting option...
The Chicago Cubs have signed Japanese free agent pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5mm contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. He will likely take over as the teams closer.
Fujikawa, 32, played 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers. This past season, he appeared in 47 2/3 innings and compiled a 1.32 ERA. In 12 seasons, he totaled 220 saves with a 1.77 ERA.