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Let me start off by saying I could definitely see the New York Yankees coming in and signing Josh Hamilton. While he is the top free agent on the market, there has not been a lot of talk about him.
The Yankees have shown in the past that you cannot count them out of anything (Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira). Also, it is usually when things are quiet and there is no talk about them in a situation that the Yankees come in and make a big splash.
What is also interesting, is to see what Hamilton will get. Could a five-year, $115 million deal be enough to sign Hamilton, who is reportedly looking for somewhere near a seven-year, $175 million contract.
Because the market is relatively low this offseason, players have been getting big contracts that they might not necessarily deserve. BJ Upton, who is a career .255 hitter and is known for being a lazy player, signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Atlanta Braves. Shane Victorino got a three-year deal from the Red Sox worth $39 million.
So what does that mean for Hamilton? Will his ugly past play a big role in the length of his contract.
After all is said and done, if I had to put my money on it, I see Hamilton re-signing with the Texas Rangers. But I would not be surprised if he ends up in the Bronx.
Team: Texas Rangers
Dark Horse: New York Yankees