Obviously, finances will influence Hamilton's decision. We learned in early November that agent Michael Moye wants a seven-year, $175 million contract for his client. Some interested clubs aren't comfortable making such a substantial guarantee to an oft-injured player entering his age-32 season.
His troubled past also serves as a deterrent. The former No. 1 overall draft pick spent years battling drug and alcohol addiction.
Though Hamilton has learned to suppress his urges for contraband, he struggled with other drugs this past season—tobacco and caffeine. A midsummer slump coincided with his "anti-dip" campaign.
Meanwhile, coffee and energy drinks dried out the slugger's corneas, leading to vision problems and ugly swings in September.
He seeks a team that can trust him to overcome temptation, but surround him with supportive individuals just in case. Moreover, the All-Star wants to compete for a championship and play in front of large, passionate crowds.
From Hamilton's perspective, these are the pros and cons of signing with each top suitor.