Originally written December 07, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
Just when it seemed clear that the suitors for Josh Hamilton had been narrowed down, a new team has jumped in out of nowhere and completely upset things. The Seattle Mariners have reportedly swooped in and offered the top bat on the free agent market a three-year contract worth somewhere between $20 million to $25 million per season. The 31-year-old Hamilton is said to be intrigued by playing for the Mariners, but his preference would be to return to the Texas Rangers. That said, the Rangers seem more focused on free agent pitcher Zack Greinke and are also attempting to swing a trade that would land them Arizona’s Justin Upton. Texas’ long wait to get serious with Hamilton could cost them the five-time All-Star. We all know the story about Hamilton’s past drug abuse and his struggle to get clean, but he has also had problems staying healthy in his time with the Rangers. He played 156 games in 2008 (his first year in Arlington), but followed that up by playing 89 games in 2009, 133 i...
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