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Arguably the top free agent this offseason is Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has been a mainstay in the Rangers' outfield since 2008 and was the 2010 AL MVP.
Hamilton's career numbers include a .304 average, 161 home runs, 553 RBI, a .363 OBP and a .549 slugging percentage in six seasons. Those numbers, though, would have likely been higher if Hamilton had stayed healthy more often and was not limited to just 89 games in 2009.
If the Mets signed Hamilton this offseason, he would instantly turn around the team with a solid offensive presence in the middle of the order.
His presence in the third spot of the lineup could move David Wright to the fifth spot and give the lineup itself a lot more depth. Hamilton would almost certainly be the most productive Mets hitter and would take the offense to a whole new level. Defensively, Hamilton can play anywhere in the outfield and would be a great defensive fit.
However, there are a few reasons why the Mets will not be going after Hamilton. First, they simply don't have enough money to pay Hamilton the seven-year $175 million contract he will demand, and there will be other teams that could afford to pay him.
Second, Hamilton's health over the years has not been the best, so he would be a risk from that perspective.
Third, Hamilton's history with alcoholism and drug abuse would make him an off-field liability as well. There would always have to be a Mets staff member with him to keep him in check, for example. Furthermore, it would become a potential distraction for Hamilton, teammates and front office personnel.
Josh Hamilton would be a wonderful addition to the Mets, but with the Mets in their current financial state, such a signing will not occur.