Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Posted: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:00 pm ET
After what they went through with Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, we can all agree that Josh Hamilton is the last guy the Red Sox want to spend money on, right?
I think most of us can, but the possibility of Hamilton joining the Red Sox is still too sexy for people to let go of. That's the best explanation I can come up with for Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com's latest report.
Heyman hasn't actually heard that the Red Sox are making a hard charge at Hamilton. What he has heard is that "some suggest to keep an eye on the Red Sox" and that "few wonder whether they may aim even higher" than guys like Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Cody Ross.
And then the obligatory quote from an anonymous GM: "Boston wants to do something big and it wouldn't shock me if they became players for Josh Hamilton."
John Henry, your response please.
"Improve the team,'' he said when asked what the organization's plans for the offseason were.
He later offered the headline-worthy quote, "We have a lot of flexibility."
All of this is supposed to make you believe that the Red Sox should be considered serious players for Josh Hamilton. What you should really do is take all of this with a gigantic grain of salt.
The Red Sox most certainly have the money to afford Hamilton. Per Cot's Baseball Contracts, the Sox only have about $60 million in salaries committed for 2013. That leaves them with way, way more than enough room to give Hamilton an annual salary of $25 million.
Shoot, they could even choose to front-load the heck out of Hamilton's new deal and go for broke with a seven-year contract. He supposedly wants one.
They would surely be getting an elite slugger if they were to sign Hamilton. However, they'd also be taking their desire to be more disciplined with their spending and slapping it across the face. They should know better than to hand out salaries of over more than $20 million, especially when the recipient comes with huge durability concerns.
Plus, Hamilton has never had to play in a market as intense in Boston, and that's a potential pitfall that the Red Sox don't want to have to deal with.
The Red Sox aren't idiots, so I'm guessing they know all this. As such, as intriguing as the possibility of Hamilton signing with the Red Sox may be, I feel comfortable going out on a limb and saying that it's by no means a realistic possibility.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11:55 pm ET
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, rumors of Boston's interest in Hamilton have been "overblown."
So says a source, anyway. The word is that the Red Sox are just as scared of the years that Hamilton wants as the next team.
This is my surprised face.