Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/12/12
Consider the Phillies part of the hunt for Josh Hamilton. Philadelphia has offered Hamilton a three-year deal, according to radio station WIP, as reported by CBS Philly. While the report did not specify terms of the deal, it did cite a report speculating that Hamilton could be had for three years and around $80 million. That’s around what the Red Sox are said to be willing to give Hamilton. Hamilton is the biggest prize of this offseason’s free-agent market, but the bidding for his services hasn’t been too fierce. While he burst onto the market reportedly hoping for somewhere in the range of seven years and $25 million a year, he’s had few offers of more than four years. Many teams are concerned about whether he can work under pressure after a history of substance abuse, and at 31, Hamilton’s ability to produce long-term is also in question. Hamilton has had 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs in three of his last five seasons, including last year, when he batted .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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