Josh Hamilton Rumors: Analyzing Pros and Cons of Signing with Each Top Suitor

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Josh Hamilton Rumors: Analyzing Pros and Cons of Signing with Each Top Suitor
Josh Hamilton has many factors to consider as he decides where to sign this offseason. AP Photo

Josh Hamilton possesses transcendent talent that makes him very desirable in 2013 MLB free agency. Seven teams have been seriously linked to the outfielder, but which one of them should he commit to?

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.

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