The number has landed, and it is high.
Free agent Josh Hamilton is reportedly looking for a seven-year deal worth about $175 million overall -- or $25 million a season, according to Baseball Prospectus writer John Perrotto.
From someone who knows these things: Josh Hamilton's asking price is 7 years and $175M. #Rangers #MLB
— John Perrotto (@jperrotto) November 2, 2012
Hamilton is the biggest name in this year's free agent class, although he carries off-field concerns due to struggles with substance abuse in the past. Still, he's racked up 161 home runs in his six years in Major League Baseball, including 43 last season, and has an ability to hit for average and drive in runs -- all rare, must-have qualities for teams that need a slugger.
Asking for $25 million could be a bit of a stretch, though, considering the usual big spenders have been shy about pursuing Hamilton. The Yankees have no need for another slugger, the Red Sox aren't likely ...