Early this morning, Jim Bowden tweeted that perhaps the Mariners’ motivation for inserting themselves into the rumored multi-team Justin Upton trade scenarios was to ensure Texas was out of the running for Josh Hamilton.
Mariners involvement in 4 team blockbuster proposals is to utilize prospects to make sure TX gets Upton so they can actually sign Hamilton
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 6, 2012
It’s probable that, even if you think Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik is a genius, the M’s would have to be dropping names of at least one of their top prospects: Nick Franklin, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, James Paxson. If that’s true, that means Jack Z is serious about going after Hamilton.
The highly reputable NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team snuck around the Winter Meetings, the Mariners’ offices at Safeco Field, and at Jack Z’s home to see what other measures Jack & Co. might be taking to lure and secure Hamilton’s services. Here’s what they found:
- • A portion Mariners’ clubhouse has been converted into a substance-free nightclub, which should appeal to the two sides of Josh Hamilton. It includes an oxygen bar, “wholesome” waitresses, fluffy slippers, and copious chewing tobacco spittoons.
- • Jack Z has contacted the Brewers, telling them that he will take back all the draft picks he ever made for them if they offer Hamilton a significant contract. This would result in the loss of millions and millions of dollars of revenue for the Brewers, including the retroactive disappearance of their playoff appearances in 2009 and 2011, which were fueled by homegrown players such as Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, and Ryan Braun.
- • The Mariners will employ a tattoo artist who will travel with the team.
- • Also relating to the Brewers, Jerry Narron is missing.
- • Mariners officials have been lobbying Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder to put in calls to other Hamilton suitors wherein Snyder refers to Hamilton as a “real motherfucker.”
- • Jack Z continues to insist that he’s “really interested in acquiring Derek Holland.”
What else will that rascal Jack Z do to acquire the dangerous (in every sense of the word) Hamilton? The Investigative Reporting Investigation Team will keep you up to date!