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When someone hits 43 HR and has 128 RBI before hitting free agency, one could automatically assume that player deserves a nice, fat multi-year contract.
But we're talking about Josh Hamilton here.
Hamilton's numbers could have been even more brilliant had he not decided to give up smokeless tobacco, as Rangers president Nolan Ryan suggested.
Hamilton has been plagued with injuries throughout this career, but for the most part, he managed to avoid them this year. However, the decision to give up on another addiction right smack in the middle of the season was without a doubt a dumb move to make.
Still, teams will salivate—no pun intended—at the chance of signing Hamilton this winter. Make no mistake about it, Hamilton is indeed a rare talent. However, that team will also be taking on all of the issues associated with Hamilton—ongoing sobriety maintenance, medical issues, dumb decision-making processes and a hitter prone to streakiness.
Last month, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com spoke to a baseball exec who believed that Hamilton could receive a deal for five years and $150 million.
I love Hamilton's talent and abilities. But I'm not paying $30 million annually for that plus everything else that comes with it.
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.