Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/6/12
Josh Hamilton would help the Seattle Mariners. That is obvious. They need his presence, his star power, his fluid left-handed swing. But if they think he alone is the answer to their offensive woes, they might be headed toward a costly calamity. The Mariners remained firmly in the Hamilton sweepstakes as the baseball winter meetings adjourned Thursday, discussing three-year deals with the free-agent outfielder in the range of $20 million to $25 million per season, according to my colleague Ken Rosenthal. It's hard to imagine Hamilton signing with the Mariners -- the American League's worst team during the past three seasons -- for less than four years and $100 million. On a club that opened the 2012 season with a payroll near $85 million, Hamilton would account for roughly one-quarter of the budget and probably surpass Felix Hernandez as the franchise's highest-paid player. The only way to justify spending that money would be ... to spend more money. Unless Mariners ownership is...
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