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From this Yankee fan's lips to the ears of the baseball gods.
Hamilton is almost a scary perfect fit for the Bombers. A left-handed hitter with immense power in Yankee Stadium would be a dream come true for the team. To go with that power, Hamilton can handle the bat as well and his .287 average would be a welcomed improvement to Swisher's .255.
The Rangers' outfielder can also handle the glove and could play either right or center field at the ballpark in the Bronx. Hamilton has an arm to be wary of as well, picking up five assists combined during the 2012 campaign.
The concerns about Hamilton have always been his health and his battle with addiction. Neither of those factors are certain to work out for Hamilton at this point, making him a risky, expensive proposition with enormous upside.
Furthermore, Hamilton could be looking at a gigantic contract the likes of which Pujols signed this past offseason for 10 years and $240 million. With the Yanks looking to cut payroll, spending that kind of money might turn them off.
To bring Hamilton to the Bronx, the Yankees would certainly have to say goodbye to Curtis Granderson. Grandy has a club option for 2013 at $15 million with a buyout of $2 million should New York choose to go into a different direction.
By 2014, major recipients of pinstriped money are coming off the books. If the team sticks to short-term deals this upcoming offseason, the team could be left with a payroll made up of three big contracts totaling roughly $72 million.
With the way Jeter is playing and the type of career numbers he is approaching, it's a very realistic possibility he plays in 2014. He could add his current salary of $17 million to the rolls, bumping the Yanks' payroll up to $89 million.
Robinson Cano will demand a contract extension, whether it be in 2013 or 2014. The Yankees second baseman will command "Derek Jeter money" which could pay him around $20 million per year. That deal would bring the Yanks' payroll to $109 million.
So let's say the Bombers pay Hamilton an astronomical amount of money totaling roughly $24 million per season. Doing so would take New York to around $133 million for the 2014 season, leaving $56 million to plug the rest of their holes.
With major arbitration-eligible players like Michael Pineda, David Robertson, Brett Gardner and Ivan Nova still on the books, that $58 million should be enough to cover those players alone.
After that, the Yanks would still have to add more players to cover the rest of the spots on their team. Signing all of those players would leave the Bombers 15 players short of a 25-man roster. One way or the other, the Yanks would need a major youth infusion from their farm system in order to make this happen.
The last potential solution to making this work would be to let Jeter go after the 2013 season. That would be $17 million extra the Yanks could use to put their roster together and still have Hamilton on it. However, saying goodbye to Jeter will be easier said than done.
In the end, Hamilton to the Yankees would take a monumental effort, but it is plausible. Sacrifices will have to be made to bring one of the best hitters to New York. As of now, it looks like this move will be too difficult to pull off, but stranger things have happened.
The scenario may seem far less likely with the current regime running the Yankees, but if The Boss was still in charge, bringing Hamilton to the Bronx would be a foregone conclusion.