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  1. Typo in the 2nd paragraph “…and simply stopped him throwing him anything near the plate…”

    Comment by Zobmie — October 8, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  2. A team giving him 5/125 would have to be absolutely insane at this point. He went a whole year with a complete inability to adjust his approach. If he doesn’t change, it is just going to be more of the past four months for 5 years. Who wants to take that kind of risk for that kind of money?

    Comment by Colin — October 8, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  3. I don’t think you could fault a GM for going either way on Hamilton. Like you said for a stretch this season he was the best player on the planet. And then he wasn’t. He really really wasn’t.

    If I was a GM I think the combination of his age/health and his tendency to fade in and out production wise would make me shy away from the 5 year deal. One year though? We could talk.

    Comment by Zobmie — October 8, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  4. Hamilton might be the biggest gamble in free agent history. With the Dodgers throwing money at anything that moves, I could see him ending up in LA for 5/125.

    Comment by Krog — October 8, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  5. I’m really not sure where 25 mil a year is coming from either? He’s been a 4 WAR player for two years, even averaging his last 4 years you don’t get 5 WAR and doing a weighted system like Tango’s you don’t get that either. Then you factor in the age change between 27-31 and 31-36 and you really shouldn’t be close to 25 per even if you ignore the change in his approach this year.

    Comment by Colin — October 8, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  6. God told him to drop the fly ball.

    Comment by Mike P — October 8, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  7. I wonder if the Astros would dangle a wad of cash in front of him to make a splash while moving over to the AL and sell some tickets while rebuilding.

    Comment by bradsbeard — October 8, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  8. Hamilton would look good hitting 4th in Seattle. His aggressive approach would make Hargrove a happy man. He can play LF or RF in Seattle this year and if Smoak doesn’t figure it out in 2013, Hamilton can slide to 1B. 3 or 4 years would be best, if the bidding goes to 5 years, forget about it.

    Comment by Doc Milo — October 8, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

  9. Playing which position exactly?

    Comment by JohnnyK — October 8, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  10. Magic will tell Ned Colletti that he’s a utility infielder, to insure the Dodgers get Hamilton.

    Comment by Jack — October 8, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  11. The team will likely regret it, but I would bet he gets $125 million if not a lot more, though perhaps over a greater number of seasons. I see 7/$147. He has too much upside, which is usually the kind of player that gets the greatest overpay.

    Comment by TKDC — October 8, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  12. And as we know, WAR is the number one stat for all GMs.

    SOMEONE will look at his triple-crown stats and think they’re getting the second best player in the league – worth 25 mil easily.

    Comment by rarumberger — October 8, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  13. Yeah it’s not easy to find a fit. Maybe the Phillies since they unloaded Pence and Victorino and are already pot committed. Then again their middle of the lineup is already lefty heavy with Howard and Utley. Miami could conceivably reinvest the Hanley money in Hamilton since they probably will be aggressive again in free agency to remove the “another fire sale” stigma. Other than those two and maybe Detroit, as Dave mentioned, it’s definitely hard to find a suitor.

    Comment by jpg — October 8, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  14. Not only triple crown stats but also the gap between his best performance and that of the other available free agents.

    When you consider the kind of money that’s been thrown about the last couple of years for hitters due to the increased TV revenue, I think $20-25 M for Hamilton is likely.

    Comment by Colin P — October 8, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  15. didn’t poker-speak go out of vogue 10 years ago?

    Comment by The Royal We? — October 8, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  16. Hargrove?

    Comment by Gregory — October 8, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  17. Hamilton wont take a walk. he has admitted he does not like it. he wont trust teammates to handle business behind him. Even in an amazing year from Adrian Beltre. not many teams have a cleanup hitter that had a year like Beltre and hamilton still swung at anything. His 1st AB last friday illustrates his last of discipline after Saunders walked Kinsler and then went full count to Andrus with guys at 1st and 3rd and no outs he swings at the 1st pitch and hits in a DP…

    Comment by Aggie E — October 8, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  18. Why is Hamilton suddenly unlikeable?? Because ‘in the know’ baseball people figure he’s in the process of sliding off the wagon? I otherwise don’t understand this part of it.

    Comment by Richie — October 8, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  19. Assuming Detroit falls short again, maybe they’ll throw a boatload of money at Hamilton in the latest attempt to buy Ilitch his championship. Is Boras his agent??

    Comment by Richie — October 8, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  20. I mean, your typical baseball fan has no dislike of free swingers.

    Comment by Richie — October 8, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  21. Hamilton is the type of player who will find a contract in an organization that does not respect itself much and seeks to fill holes with bigger holes.

    A better solution for both player and team is that Hamilton never sigh for more than one year. Which will of course not happen.

    Comment by james wilson — October 8, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  22. Can’t be. I went all-in on poker-speak.

    Comment by steex — October 8, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  23. Free swinger? Yes! But a better word for Josh is “quitter.”

    Comment by Pfft — October 8, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  24. Phillies and Mariners seem like good guesses to me. Orioles, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Braves, and Marlins all seem like they could use him.

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — October 8, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  25. Yes, please do that. Haha.

    Comment by Pfft — October 8, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  26. Yeah I’m pretty sure their manager is Lou Piniella. Hasn’t been Hargrove in years.

    Comment by drewcorb — October 8, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  27. Before Hamilton. As Mike Fisher called it. The ball park in arlington was refered to as “the picnic grounds in arlington”. He’s the only think that resembled a star since Nolan Ryan. Controversy sells and so does being great
    Its stupid not to at least try to sign him. Of course unless you want to go back to 75wins a year.

    Comment by Rogerb — October 8, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  28. The mainstream coverage I’ve seen of Hamilton’s season this year has been woefully wrong. Yes, pitchers did adjust to his new approach in May and that caused some of the decline. But there were physical problems going on in his swing and in the field. It appears the pressure of a contract year got to him as the season wore on and it became apparent the Rangers weren’t going to re-sign him. His agent obviously told him to go for as many homers and RBIs as you can, forgetting everything else. His approach at the plate this year was nothing like it had been in prior seasons. Look at the K rate and other indicators.

    His idea to go cold turkey on chewing tobacco in the middle of his free agent year was a disaster. I wouldn’t worry too much about signing him if I was an AL team with a DH slot, for the latter years of a potential deal. He’s got the arm to play in Right, though something looked off after June with his arm slot. It looked to me like he was dealing with a pulled ribcage muscle or something that affected his throwing.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — October 8, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  29. Hamilton will avg 30hrs, 100 RBI, campaigns for the next 5 years in his sleep. His physical talent is unmatched by anyone not named Mike Trout, and there are maybe 3 guys in the league that pitchers truly ever fear. The whole lineup is changed with his presence…give me a break, do you think BJ Upton, or Swisher can replace that fear, not to mention the numbers. As volatile as Josh is, would anyone be surprised if he hits 40hrs. .300 next year? Every Big Market can team can afford to over pay for a Premium talent. Overpaying, Risking on a franchise player won’t kill the Rangers with their new TV deal. Not having a franchise type left handed bat on the other hand, puts them below the top teams in baseball without a doubt and into a 1-2 year transition.

    Comment by RyanW — October 8, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  30. Do they have a wad of cash to dangle? And assuming they did, is this the best use of it for maximizing the “splash”… assuming making a big splash is something they want to do?

    Comment by joser — October 8, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  31. I honestly assumed that was some sly 420 reference that would seem especially relevant in this context. Or, in the context, a rather amusing typo.

    Comment by joser — October 8, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  32. Ask those tens of thousands of typical baseball fans that were booing him in Arlington.

    Comment by joser — October 8, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  33. In the context of addiction, that’s not a bad thing.

    Comment by joser — October 8, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  34. “Perhaps that’s only fitting for a guy who and can end”?

    Comment by typos everywhere — October 8, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  35. typo, account name. “Zobmie”.

    I mean, seriously?

    Comment by snoop LION — October 8, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  36. Speaking of “other indicators” the combination of his O-contact and O-swing numbers is practically unheard of.

    Amongst qualified hitters, he “led” the league in O-Swing% at 45.4%. He backed that up with a O-Contact% of 52.1% (tied with Mark Reynolds for third-worst in the league, with Uggla and Dunn rounding out the trailingboard).

    There’s really no one else particularly close at being that bad in both O-Swing and O-Contact. The closest are Adam Jones (41.3/59.8), Danny Espinosa (40.5/57.0), Trumbo (40.2/56.2), Chris Davis (39.8,56.), Soriano (38.2,57.3), Chris Johnson (37.4, 59.2), and Cespedes (36.5, 59.5).

    Going back to 2011 does show that Miguel Olivo was a qualified hitter who put up pretty similar numbers — 45.6 and 51.2.

    Comment by ralph — October 8, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  37. It depends how you define fear. The most intimidating hitters will force a pitcher to throw something they can crush. In that regard, Josh Hamilton is more like the first boss in a video game. The exploitable hole in his armor – soft junk 12 inches off the plate over and over and over again – erases fear from the whole encounter.

    Comment by Choo — October 8, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  38. I take it the Dodgers, much like many NFL teams these days, will be switching to a 3-4 defense? 3 infielders and 4 outfielders?

    Comment by Rick — October 8, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  39. i think a good deal for hamilton is something similar to what the dodgers offered fielder. that was, what, 7/$150? front-loaded and with an opt out after 4 years. i see either san francisco or colorado being nice fits for him

    Comment by jim — October 8, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  40. I think the commenter is just concerned about Mike Hargrove’s happiness as a general matter. He was certainly not implying that Hargrove is the manager.

    Comment by bowie — October 8, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  41. Ask yourself, would you be happy if your team signed him? Pretty much everyone from multiple fan bases that I have asked has said not worth it, no. As an O’s fan he probably fills a giant void, but I wouldn’t want him. Rather find someone else, even with less production. The fans booing him and tiring of him in Texas I think is really telling. Just became unreliable. Someone will pay and get decent production, just hope it’s not my team.

    Comment by DB — October 8, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  42. Yes, because Josh Hamilton alone is worth 18 wins.

    Comment by bowie — October 8, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  43. The SF Giants:
    1) desperately need a slugger (esp a lefty)
    2) are trying to win now
    3) have money
    4) will overpay for free agents (see Zito, Rowand)

    Comment by bowie — October 8, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  44. Hey, if a childish religion is what helps him keep himself clean, he’s entitled to it.

    Comment by Jason — October 8, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  45. They have a total of something like $5 million currently committed to next years roster. I think they could spring it. Should they? Probably not.

    Comment by Jason — October 8, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  46. I have no idea. I imagine they do have a good bit of money to spend with practically no payroll obligations next year though.

    Comment by bradsbeard — October 8, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  47. What were Juan Gonzalez, Palmiero, and A-Rod? And who are these Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinlser fellows?

    Comment by bradsbeard — October 8, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  48. Luhnow seems to know what he’s doing. He’s starting over, and he’s not going to spend a lot of money to bring in free agents to bolster a team that has no hope of contending for several years. I seriously doubt they spend more than $5-10m/AAV on anyone this year, if that.

    Comment by Andy — October 8, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  49. And Ivan Rodriguez

    Comment by Eric — October 8, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  50. If he ends up with the Mariners, I bet Wedge – at least once – will refer to his “good approach at the plate”.

    Comment by Westside guy — October 8, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  51. Except that the “devil” keeps winning that battle.

    Comment by a — October 8, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  52. who cares!? it’s not english 101

    Comment by jay — October 8, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  53. If the Yankees let Swisher walk… massive 1 year pillow contract.Maybe 1yr/25-30mil?

    Doesn’t impact their 2014 189mil plan, allows them a year to figure out whether some of the lower minor leaguers are actual OF solutions in 2014/2015. Gives Hamilton a year to make some money and set the bar high again – a team like Boston may enter the fray in 2014 (fan unrest if they have another down year?) or the White Sox?

    Comment by Tom — October 8, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  54. You’re probably right, but there was the whole Roger Clemens bit this season. If Hamilton ends up signing a short term deal to reestablish value, they could comfortably pay him $20 mil for a year or two and still be a bottom tier payroll.

    Comment by bradsbeard — October 8, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  55. I don’t know, “upside” is something that I usually associate with people on the other side of 30 years old.

    Comment by BookWorm — October 8, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  56. Are you suggesting Hamilton took his batting advice from his agent rather than paid professional hitting coaches?

    If this were true, this would be at least as damaging to Hamilton’s FA opportunities as any other factor mentioned in this discussion.

    Comment by Bab — October 8, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  57. And Miguel Olivo is not someone to whom you want to be particularly similar.

    Comment by Matthias — October 8, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  58. The factors to consider are:
    1. Talent – absurdly high
    2. Approach – very poor and at times atrocious
    3. Durability – average to poor
    4. Off the field issues – history of career threatening substance abuse and reports of falling off the wagon last winter.
    5. Likability – mixed bag, at times embraced as a near god (his homerun display at Yankee stadium at all star contest) and booed most recently in playoff game. This seems to be correlated with his recent performance.
    Hamilton is also a player who has better traditional stats than advanced statistics which suggest that there is an incentive for enlightened general managers to pass. Maybe a team like Baltimore would take a flier. I bet he would be better than McLouth. At the correct price he is absolutely too talented to not sign. A one year contract is not going to land Josh Hamilton.
    All the factors above except his superior talent mitigate his value so I would guess he signs for 4 years 109 million. This is a steep discount when one considers other free agents with his resume and talent.

    Comment by j cheatman — October 8, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

  59. Well there certainly is “room” in the Dodgers outfield.

    Comment by Rob — October 8, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  60. Speaking for the two teams I know: I can’t see the Orioles and Peter Angelos signing an injury prone former junkie, he’s still never gotten over the Albert Belle fiasco. The recent Adam Jones contract is the longest one given out since and its value is still lower than what Hamilton will want. And Jones is 5 years younger, the team leader, and seemed to want to stay in Baltimore long term.

    As for the Pirates, no way one of the smallest markets in baseball commits 1/3 of its payroll to a long term Hamilton signing, it would be suicide. Far too many ways for it to go bad: his stats could crash, or he can’t stay healthy, or, god forbid, he relapses. Any of that happens and the Pirates near contention goes up in smoke when they can’t afford the small dollar pieces they need to fill out a roster.

    Comment by Ralph — October 8, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  61. This comment is ridiculously inaccurate. No explanation needed for anyone who can remember more than 4 years into the past…

    Comment by Ralph — October 8, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  62. Yes, Baltimore does seem like a good bet to woo Hamilton. I can definitely see that happening.

    Comment by bowie — October 8, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  63. The past two years Hamilton has actually had pretty even home/away splits, which is encouraging.

    Any contract must include playing time targets, as he has played in 150 games just once in his career, as well as salary penalties for addictions.

    Comment by ChipandDruw — October 8, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  64. No one would be surprise if he ended hitting .350 with 50 home runs and 140 RBIs. He has that kind of talent.

    But no one (except you) would be surprised if he spent 130 games on the DL, or perhaps worse, on the restricted list. He spent the better part of a decade abusing his body and mind and once an addict always an addict. And its well documented that even a brief addiction can manifest as hidden health problems years later, and we already know he’s injury prone. Is the risk worth the reward? That’s the question.

    Comment by Ralph — October 8, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  65. it only takes 1 team (see Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols last season).

    if 5 teams think he’s worth 4/90 with incentives and 1 team think he’s worth 6/170 then guess what he’s going to get…

    Comment by Doug B — October 8, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

  66. Almost no chance of him landing in Baltimore on anything other than a modestly priced 1 year deal, if that. Angelos may have the money but hates big contracts since the Albert Belle fiasco. Hamilton’s history and injury prone reputation should only further discourage signing him. The recent Adam Jones contract is the longest one given out since Belle and its value is still substantially lower than what Hamilton will want. And Jones is 5 years younger, durable, the team leader, and seemed to want to stay in Baltimore long term.

    Coupled with the team already having some success as currently configured. I don’t see them adding the potential production at the cost of an extra ego in the clubhouse and a history of addiction and injury.

    Comment by Ralph — October 8, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  67. II’m thinking he’s more Maury Wills’ kind of player.

    Comment by Breadbaker — October 8, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  68. woah. its not “well documented” in fact there is surprisingly little correlation between past drug abuse and health,problems. this whole correlation,between hamiltons 3 years,of addiction (a very small amount,of time compared to most addicts) and his imjuries has always annoyed me. its unscientific.

    Comment by bpdelia — October 8, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  69. Why is he unlikeable? Can’t put my finger on it, but I don’t like him.

    Comment by Brian W. — October 8, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  70. I’d be pretty ecstatic if the Astros signed him. Paying for Hamilton probably isn’t quite worth his on the field value (although he’s still an elite player), but he’s a great face of the franchise player and he’d probably make back the money in merchandising and additional TV viewership. Indeed, the drama that surrounds him only adds to the headlines and desire to watch him. Also, despite the booing, he’s still super popular here in Texas.

    Comment by Kate Upton: Fantasy MVP — October 8, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  71. Forgive my ignorance, but do we have any idea what the Pirates can really “afford”?

    Comment by Brian W. — October 8, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  72. Seriously? In thirty-five years of watching MLB, I don’t recall any players using chew or caffeine as an excuse until Mr. Hamilton came along.

    Comment by Brian W. — October 8, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  73. Elimination game- 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts on 8 pitches. That is almost as frustrating as the dumb fans booing their best player.

    Comment by Zigs — October 8, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  74. He fills every hole on the Rays except catcher. How about 2/40 and house arrest with an ankle bracelet to come back to Tampa and do Steps 8 and 9 where he makes amends and helps others (win the world series)?

    Comment by JKB — October 8, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  75. When his “I can’t hit during daygames because I have blue eyes” excuse got old, he had to think of something…

    Comment by vivalajeter — October 8, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  76. JKB, that is funny

    Comment by topher — October 9, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  77. I wish the Mariner’s would take him and use him in LF. We know Guti will be out with injury. Saunders can be in CF, Hamilton in LF, and Pagan in RF, and Casper Wells as 4th OF. Hamilton can do some DH when Gutierrez is back

    Comment by topher — October 9, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  78. they booed beltre and darvish?

    Comment by jim — October 9, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  79. Zito, Rowand see pre 2008. See Hamilton’s own comments about SF.


    Comment by qat — October 9, 2012 @ 1:56 am

  80. Actually, as an addict, he’s pretty much a free swinger. His addictions of the moment are a bit less harmful, but he still acts like an addict every day far as I can tell. He struggled with giving up chewing tobacco earlier this year, then suffered from vision problems when he drank too much energy drink.

    Josh is a mess and I am sad for him and his family.

    Comment by t ball — October 9, 2012 @ 2:59 am

  81. He probably is, in Wins Above Imaginary Outfielder.

    Comment by Tim — October 9, 2012 @ 3:54 am

  82. While I agree that Angelos may be somewhat unwilling to repeat the Belle contract, if the O’s fall a bit short in the postseason, the urge to add the mythical “one piece to put them over-the-top” may be too much for him to avoid. Not to mention the hype it would cause in Baltimore. Fans would be likely to come out in droves to see Hamilton and a team that, in many minds (whether true or not), would be seen as a good contender in 2013.

    Comment by Scott — October 9, 2012 @ 8:36 am

  83. My? Is. Is there really someone in ranger front office that’s stupid enough to say “we dont want Hamilton even if he would play for free”. How does Wash walk free. He did some of the worse”on the fly”management I’ve ever seen. I hope Rangers enjoyed the 3 million plus crowd this year. They are about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

    Comment by rogerb — October 9, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  84. Not a typo. : )

    Comment by Zobmie — October 9, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  85. I think you people are being overly harsh on hamilton.

    First, how many players on your own team played 150 games? With the crackdown on everything illegal, it’s no wonder that players are looking for that extra ‘juice’, whether it’s caffeine or nicotine. just look at the games in the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, everyone was chewing or on greenies. Unless you’ve played an entire baseball season you cannot know how absolutely draining it is. You see a game, it looks like fun, and you assume it’s all easy. Games are longer now, 3hrs+, there’s BP, fielding, interviews after, etc. It’s an easy 7-8hrs minimum daily without medical attention included, travel, offseason workouts, etc. 6-7 days a week. And while the game isn’t as physically bruising as hockey or football, just being on your feet daily, running things out, sliding, bumping into walls, getting hit with pitches, the bruises mount up quick even if you avoid the DL. So cut the guy a break about he’s got an addictive personality, most of us do to some degree and he should be commended for even discussing it openly.

    As far as production, he had an off year in several areas. It will probably cost him, but I think a lot of his deal will depend on whether a team thinks he can play CF. For some reason his fielding metric has been all over the map since 08, this past year it was negative which really affected his WAR i’m sure. If I was a GM I would start with 3 years 20mil per with an option based on plate appearances (min 500?). That is where I would start, I wouldn’t go beyond 5 years. He’s worth it.

    Comment by Bill — October 9, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  86. For what it’s worth, I stopped expecting articles on Fangraphs to be thoroughly copy-edited a long time ago.

    Comment by Ryan — October 9, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  87. Total speculation, but it may be some of the things Dave pointed out in the previous article, and touched on again here – just about everyone recognizes his poor pitch selection but he seems unwilling or unable to make any adjustments at the plate. Seeing him strike out in a high leverage situation on a pitch two feet outside the zone frustrates the fanbase much more than would a hard-hit grounder or a long flyball out, I would imagine.

    Comment by Jason B — October 9, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  88. I think all astute GM’s will base a potential long-term commitment on how he performed in a single game. Well said.

    GM: “Call Hamilton’s agent, throw out a 8/200 deal and see where it goes from there.”
    Assistant: “Whoa, whoa, slow down. He went 0-for-4 the last game he played! That dude sucks eggs.”
    GM: “Right you are. Let’s see if we can get that Michael Young dude, he went 2-for-4! Now that is a GAMER!”

    Comment by Jason B — October 9, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  89. Bill, I think your response is attached to the wrong comment. Roger was defending Hamilton and dissing Washington.

    Comment by Jason B — October 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am

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    Comment by Leslie — October 9, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  91. settle down

    Comment by bowie — October 9, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  92. So, Boston?

    Comment by Bill — October 9, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  93. Outside of New York and possibly Anaheim, Texas has more stars than any team. Kinsler, Napoli, and Andrus would each be nearly as hard to replace as Hamilton.

    Comment by Bill — October 9, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  94. I don’t like this, but this actually makes a lot of sense. With their massive payroll, the Yankees are likely the only team that can pay Hamilton a mint and still be ok if he gets hurt. They were paying Giambi 20+ million to sit on the DL and they still weren’t strapped for cash. Boston might make a play for him just to prevent him from signing in New York (and to try and keep fans coming to see a last place team).

    Comment by Bill — October 9, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  95. The Orioles have enough talented outfielders. I imagine they will bring McClouth back to back up Jones, Markakis, and Reimold. They will be looking for a starting pitcher and a second baseman. They may look to upgrade first base, as well, but Hamilton will not be an Oriole.

    Comment by Bill — October 9, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  96. Yes. What Leslie said.

    For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed your work in Naked Gun, but thought you kind of phoned it in on Creepshow.

    Comment by Jason B — October 9, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  97. His defense in center was quite acceptable, even good, until this year. He looked much slower cutting off balls and something seemed to be limiting his throwing motion. If he’s healthy, he can play an average CF for the next couple of years in the right park.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — October 9, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  98. I see Kemp and Ethier as the only Dodgers outfielders you actually want to start. They have Crawford under contract, but they could make him a fourth outfielder if they sign Hamilton.

    Comment by Krog — October 9, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  99. I stopped caring long before I read a fangraphs article.

    Comment by kiss my GO NATS — October 9, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  100. Idiots

    Comment by txmedic — October 10, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  101. His agent used to be Matt Sosnick, doubtful he’s with Boras…Teagarden had him though!

    Comment by Tricia — October 10, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  102. oh, and he’s Beltre’s…

    Comment by Tricia — October 10, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  103. And I’m pretty sure Piniella hasn’t been the manager for an even longer time. Current manager is Eric Wedge.

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