More on Josh HamiltonNovember 8th, 2012 by terrybenish
Hamilton is coming here, so sayeth GMs at GM meeting and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Same group had Mariners getting Prince Fielder last year.
We’re one year away from this. After one of our guys already here hits for thirty or dingers.
Larry Stone believes it will be Jason Bay instead. Check out the Hot Stone League.
I hope that is not true. The Jason Bay stuff, that is.
Then Larry came out today and said No, he wants Hamilton but only at a prudent price. It’s not for me to worry if they over-paid, which I suspect needs to happen anyway. All of you folks that had to tie a pork shop around your neck to get a first date, know what I mean.
Finally Geoff Baker weighed in with a 1,633 word piece on the subject. Analytically it is one of the best things he’s done, everything from Mariner’s credibility to umm well the Mariner’s credibility.
He mentions Jack Zduriencik saying last winter that he was hovering around hoping the price would come down for Prince Fielder, which as these things go is pretty pathetic. If the Mariners paid Hamilton $175 million for seven years, lots of folks will come out and parse his stats and remark about him being injured and not getting along with Nolan Ryan (Who does? Did you see the video of him pounding Robin Ventura) and well shoot, so he plays 135 games a year and hits 40 bombs a year for five of those years and then drops down to 25 or so the last two years. Sign him up, now. Before somebody else comes to their senses.
But, back to Geoff’s piece, and the hovering around bologna. He notes this is not a small market team and suggests that behavior is kind of puny, my words. If they’re going to get this TV deal the valuation supports signing him.
Does Hamilton have baggage? Sure. So did Babe Ruth and many others. Have you ever heard the sound when he hits the ball? I don’t think so.
Geoff and Larry’s stuff can be found on the Times sport’s blogs.