MLB Free Agency: Will Yankees Take Big Josh Hamilton Risk to Replace Swisher?

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MLB Free Agency: Will Yankees Take Big Josh Hamilton Risk to Replace Swisher?
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While this year's crop of free agents doesn't quite have the marquee-style names that adorned last year's free-agent list, there are some players of intrigue that will draw considerable interest—most notably Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton is currently leading the majors in both home runs and RBI, and he is on track to play over 150 games for just the second time in his career.

Jim Bowden of ESPN speculated in his column yesterday that Hamilton would be a great fit for the New York Yankees. Bowden seems to be basing his conclusion on the fact that Hamilton is looking for a contract somewhere in the range of what Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols signed for last year.

Here are six reasons why the New York Yankees should not take the risk of signing Hamilton to a long-term deal.

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