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The Red Sox, according to a baseball source, remain in a holding pattern on Josh Hamilton, the free-agent outfielder who reportedly has designs on a long-term contract of at least six years.
He won’t get a deal of that length from the Red Sox, but Boston
officials will remain in the mix for Hamilton as long as the
possibility, however slim, exists that he could be had for a shorter
Hamilton’s former team, the Texas Rangers,
would still appear the most likely landing spot for Hamilton, whose
chances of returning to Texas probably increased when the Rangers failed
in their attempt to sign free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, who became the highest-paid right-handed pitcher ever with a six-year, $147 million deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rangers, however, have been connected to trade speculation involving Arizona outfielder Justin Upton,
and appear committed to adding another starting pitcher. Hamilton
reportedly has told the Rangers that he will give them a chance to match
any offer he receives from another team before he signs, but so far, at
least, Texas has not felt obligated to offer Hamilton the six years (or
more) he is seeking.
The Red Sox went into the winter meetings with a strategy of
offering Hamilton no more than a three-year deal, but perhaps with an
average annual value commensurate with the highest-paid players in the
game. Think $25 million per and up, and you get the idea.
ESPN Boston: Source: Sox still in mix for Hamilton
This is going to bum the rest of the Ted's Army crew out. I am the odd man out in this and I want the Sox to continue pursuit of Hamilton. I don't care if they are not front-runners, at least they are somewhere in the mix.
No team wants to give someone with the history of Hamilton's a six-year deal. Will someone? Probably. It will likely be the Rangers. They can dip into the fund they had set aside for Greinke.
Even though the Sox are still in the hunt for Hamilton, the odds are not in their favor. They don't want to meet his terms, and that doesn't go well with any free agents.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Red Sox claim Sandy Rosario | Where will Red Sox find a pitcher? | ESPN Boston: Iglesias training with Pedroia | Sox reacquire RHP Rosario off waivers | Herald: Jason Bay hoping for a fresh start in Seattle | Japanese club set to sign former Yankee Andruw Jones | WEEI: Jacoby ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia get animated | CSNNE: Is Youkiilis waitnig for a non-Yankee offer? | Merloni: Sox should have gone after Myers | Red Sox claim Rosario off waivers from A's
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While the New York Yankees have a need for at least one outfielder
this winter, the club is not involved in the market for free agent slugger Josh
Hamilton “at this point,” according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#yankees not involved with hamilton at this point. hear they'd only consider if fell into lap at low #. not happening.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December...
Anthony Gargano Says, Per Source, Phils Offered Hamilton $80 Million For 3 Years My radio partner, Anthony Gargano, has it from a good source that the Phils have offered Josh Hamilton a three-year contract. — Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) December 11, 2012 @gfraley of Dallas Morning News tells us Phils could get Josh Hamilton at…
Could there finally be some smoke to indicate a fire burning with the Phillies and free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton? Glen Macnow of 94 WIP FM tweeted that his broadcast partner Anthony Gargano (who does not have twitter) says that an offer has been made: My radio partner, Anthony Gargano,...
Coaches usually have some say in the players that come and go on a team. However, when the player in question is about to command an incredible sum of money, the coach may have a little less input. Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, may not be able to convince the front office of how they should handle Josh Hamilton, but he wants the slugger back in Texas.
The longer Josh Hamilton stays on the market, the better the chances are of him landing in Boston.
Hamilton, who went into the offseason looking for a deal of at least six years, has found few teams willing to give him an offer past three or four years. That means the Red Sox, who are reportedly interested in Hamilton to the tune of three years and as much as $25 million a year ...
Josh Hamilton is still on the market, and this year’s supposed free-agent prize has fewer suitors than you’d think.
Something surprising still could happen. The Red Sox are still out there and probably have more money to spend even once they address their pitching needs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Yankees have reportedly done their due diligence on Hamilton, as well.
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...
A quick note while I administer a final exam... 97.3 ESPN of Atlantic City, New Jersey believes that the Phillies and Rangers are the only two left competing for Josh Hamilton's services. Pretty much down to #Phillies or #Rangers for Josh Hamilton. Phils 3 year offer, TEX will step up...
Josh Hamilton – Photo by Keith Allison
Josh Hamilton would look great in a Padres uniform… in 2013. I ask before you react, at least hear me out on this one.
Is it late? Yes
Am I drinking? Yes, milk.
Have I lost my mind? Always a possibility.
Do I think Hamilton is Mr. Right? No
Do I think Hamilton is Mr. Right Now? YES!
I do believe that Padres fans are...
The Texas Rangers have not made any noise this offseason, which is very unlike them, especially when you look at what they have done in recent years. But with two weeks still to go before Christmas, expect the Rangers to give themselves and their fans a big present sooner rather than later.
Whether that comes in the form of Justin Upton or Josh Hamilton remains to be seen. But it...
A lot of Phillies fans are unimpressed with the Phillies two latest additions – CF Ben Revere and 3B Michael Young. While both players fill huge holes for the Phillies, many don’t think they are the type of impact players that can help the Phillies climb back into the NL East race that they coughed up last year.
Ben Revere, whom the Phillies acquired in a trade that sent Vance...
The Red Sox don’t sound like they’re done making moves this offseason, and they may not be done putting the finishing touches on what would be their 2013 lineup.
ESPN.com reports that the Red Sox are indeed interested in free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, who remains on the open market. According to the report, Swisher is being viewed as a “fallback plan” in case the Sox...
A rival executive, assessing the Texas Rangers on Monday, said, They're going to overpay Hamilton or they're going to overpay 'KT.'"
That's Hamilton as in free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. And that's KT" as in Arizona general manager Kevin Towers, who is dangling right fielder Justin Upton, a hitter whom the Rangers covet maybe even more than...
News on R.A. Dickey, Josh Hamilton, Scott Rolen, and Ryan Dempster.