Josh Hamilton Free Agency: Latest Rumors on Orioles, Mariners & More

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Josh Hamilton Free Agency: Latest Rumors on Orioles, Mariners & More
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With every day that passes, more and more free-agent rumors start to swirl about.

Josh Hamilton is far from exempt from these rumors. After having made his demands last week of a seven-year $175 million contract, several teams have either had their interest peaked or have shied away completely.

Hamilton is a fascinating case. He is a prolific baseball talent whom has been haunted by his personal demons in the past. He is in what many consider to be in the latter portion of his prime while seeking a long-term big-money contract.

Sure enough, someone will pay the man.

Here's the latest on some teams that have been tied to Hamilton recently.


A National League executive tells ESPN's Jayson Stark what a lot of us have been quietly thinking to ourselves:


Will Hamilton find a situation where he will not be under immense pressure to live up to his contract immediately?


CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman gives us the state of the Hamilton chase:

The Phillies are believed to have superstar outfielder Josh Hamilton as a fallback option in case B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn can't be signed. So Hamilton is at least on their radar.

Beyond that, it is hard to tell exactly where the best and highest-profile position player on the free-agent market stands with anyone. (And that isn't especially helpful since he isn't the first or second option there, it appears.)

It certainly sounds like we are still in the dance-and-flirt stage between Hamilton and baseball's GM's with no indication on when Hamilton or a team wants to get serious.

With such a weak crop of overall free agents, there really is not another hitting star to set the market price for Hamilton and teams to follow.

Unless we are all being told a fast one, expect this to go on into December.


Someone that is in Hamilton's camp needs to be doing some damage control now.

Tucked in Buster Olney's blog (Subscription Required) was this:

There are some executives who privately say they are comfortable offering him a three-year deal, with significant protective language written into the deal by the team. We don't know yet if any team will step up and offer him a deal of four or more years.

It seems his off-season troubles last year have really hurt his chances to get the mega-deal he is in the ballpark for.

The question going forward is will he take a short deal to prove to his new team he is worth the risk?

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