Texas Rangers fans readily remember the Mark Teixeira trade. Toward the end of Tex's stay in Arlington, it became clear that he no longer wanted to toil in relative obscurity, playing for a perennial stinker like the Texas Rangers were at that time.
It was time for Teixeira to find a new home.
It's hard to believe that at the time of the trade, the majority of fans weren't pleased. Teixeira was, and still is, one of the best first basemen in the game, and the Rangers were about to trade him for some no-name prospects and a catcher that could win Scrabble every time by using his name. It was upsetting.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus and Beau Jones for Tex and Ron Mahay. What a rip-off.
Then Matt Harrison became a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation starter, while Feliz became a lights-out closer—and now has a chance in the rotation. Elvis Andrus showed the Rangers that maybe Michael Young really wasn't so great at shortstop.
That's a pretty sweet haul for a slugging first baseman that would have priced his way out of Arlington following 2008 anyway.
Josh Hamilton's recent transgressions might make some folks ponder what Hambone could net in trade value.
Granted, he's in a different situation than Tex was in 2007. For starters, he's a free agent after this season. Teixeira was able to procure added value due to his having a full season-and-a-half left on his contract.
Hamilton is older and much more injury-prone than Tex was (or is). Although Teixeira plays excellent defense at first, Hami plays above-average defense at a premium position. Hamilton has an MVP and a batting title, both of which have eluded Tex.
Then again, Tex isn't an addict that goes crazy after a drink or 12. So, with Josh Hamilton as a potential trade piece, there are certainly some areas that throw up red flags, to say the least.
Regardless, it doesn't matter which team; every single one of them could benefit by what Hamilton brings to the table offensively and defensively.
So, what are the odds of each MLB team dealing for Josh Hamilton? Chances are, not good. But that's no fun. Let's speculate which teams have the best odds at harnessing Hambone.