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MLB Free Agency: 5 Hitters Who Will Be Impacted by Josh Hamilton's Contract
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Former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton announced last month that he was looking to sign a new contract in the neighborhood of seven years, $175 million.

The ramifications of a signing of this magnitude loom large for five players who will be ready to hit the free-agent market in the next couple of years.

Players like the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia and the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen will demand similar terms when they hit the open market.

Would you make a nine-figure investment in a player such as Cano? Or do you feel the current economic climate in baseball disallows you from making such a significant investment? These questions undoubtedly need to be addressed by any potential future suitors.

Here are five players who will be impacted most by Hamilton's free-agent contract.

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