Josh Hamilton Rumors Swirling Around Orioles
For the past few years at the opening of the free agent market, the Orioles have been linked to a top player, and each year, it proves to not be even remotely true.
The latest is Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who has become a perennial MVP candidate after initially starting his career in a freefall because of drug and alcohol addicitions.
Hamilton reportedly wants a new contract worth seven years and $175 million. Hamilton's past, injury history and age (31) make it unlikely he will get a seven-year deal.
Earlier during the 2012 season, Hamilton belted four home runs against the Orioles during one game in Balimore. So, he does well at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and recent speculation around Hamilton is that the Birds are considered a player in the Hamilton sweeptstakes this winter. The Orioles may have given up on first baseman Mark Reynolds, so adding a powerful bat in Hamilton makes sense.
But a seven-year committment does not. The Birds would be wise to meet him halfway with a four- or five-year deal.
Posted Nov. 5, 2012