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At least financially? As just about every team but the Yomiuri Giants has been associated with signing Josh Hamilton, the Yankees name finally surfaced. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted:
@BNightengale The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check on Josh Hamilton, rival GM says.
The background check might turn up some issues with substance abuse and perhaps rehab, so I’m not sure what that’s about, but it can only make sense that a team that batted .157 in the ALCS sweep at the hands of the Tigers would be interested in a corner outfield bat. Of course, Hamilton himself wasn’t exactly clutch down the stretch (that might be what the background check turned up) as he seemed both mentally and physically fatigued as the Rangers coughed up the AL West title to the A’s, then beat by the Orioles in the Wild Card showdown (Hamilton 0-4, 2 K’s). To the point where Hamilton was routinely booed by the same fans that watched him take the Rangers to the World Series 2 years in a row.
The major question around the league is “what is Josh Hamilton worth”. In stretches, he is easily the best player in the game. At other times, he physically wears down and can seem as if he doesn’t care with his somewhat aloof outward personality. Another major question is, how would he fare in Gotham? My guess is “not too well”. But the Yankees have been quiet and have some money to spend, might be a match made in heaven!
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THE RIME OF THE NEW MARINER?
The Mariners reportedly have established themselves as a player in the Josh Hamilton Sweepstakes and are rumored to be offering him a three-year, big money deal.
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 latest hot stove rumor circulating is that the New York Yankees have inquired about slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton.
USA Today Bob Nightengale reported the news via twitter but who knows if this was purely to generate attention as the source, an American League general manager, of course was anonymous.
The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check...
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...
This offseason has been rather un-Yankee-like. That doesn’t mean the Bronx Bombers should be ruled out of anything, though
While the Yankees have been relatively quiet thus far, even losing out on guys like Jeff Keppinger, New York is apparently still doing its due diligence on perhaps the biggest fish in free agency. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Yankees are...
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...
Not Cashman? Are the Yankees brass pulling another Rafael Soriano type move here?
There was also an article by Joel Sherman in today's New York Post where he says that George Steinbrenner and the old Yankees brass would never pass up on the chance of getting Josh Hamilton in Pinstripes, which is very true. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.
Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong keeps saying that the team hasn’t exchanged numbers with outfielder Josh Hamilton. Ken Rosenthal reports differently though, he tweeted today that the team has exchanged dollars and years with the Texas Rangers slugger.
The dollars should be enough to get a deal done but I highly...
Go to any web site selling Texas Rangers gear and there they are: T-shirts and jerseys with the names Napoli, Hamilton and Young on the back.
Soon, they could all be in the bargain bin.
The Rangers are undergoing much more than a wardrobe change this winter. General manager Jon Daniels and team president Nolan Ryan are in the midst of reshaping the team.
Mike Napoli is already...
A word of advice for certain baseball general managers: When dealing with Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton: caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. I’m speaking to you, Ned Colletti, Jon Daniels, Jerry Dipoto, Jack Zduriencik. Daniels, the Rangers GM, knows of which I speak. Hamilton has been his headache for the [...]
Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and Justin Upton are three pieces of three monster deals that could be on verge of either getting done at any moment, or fall apart at the last minute.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of other players, serviceable players that are available that no one talks about.
Look at Randy Choate for example. According to Jon Morosi’s...
The goals of Texas and Arizona are driving talk of three- and
four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings ? and also might shed
light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents,
right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.