Without question the prize of this winter's free-agent market, Josh Hamilton will not just draw considerable interest, debates will rage on regarding his worth.
Hamilton's substance-abuse issues and injury history will both be topics to consider for GMs attempting to figure out what kind of offer to make.
Texas Rangers: The Rangers have guarded their feelings about Hamilton and a contract extension like a mother protecting their young. Depending on what you read or who you listen to, the Rangers will either make Hamilton an offer that keeps him Texas for the rest of his career, or they simply let him walk.
New York Yankees: If the Yankees allow Nick Swisher to test the free-agent waters and/or decline the 2013 option for Curtis Granderson, they could certainly be in play for Hamilton's services.
Boston Red Sox: Highly unlikely, but rumors persist. Some would have you believe that the Red Sox shed the contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford for the purposes of going after Hamilton. GM Ben Cherington was non-committal in his thoughts about Hamilton.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners will all be in pursuit of Hamilton as well.
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Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.