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Yup, I'm going here. And no, I'm not taking crazy pills.
Neither are the Yankees, apparently. Bob Nightengale of USA Today indicated on Friday that the thought of signing Josh Hamilton has at least crossed their minds:
Had you asked me a couple weeks ago if the Yankees had any shot of signing Hamilton, my answer would have been an emphatic no. But that was when he was looking for a long-term contract, and circumstances have changed since then.
The market is pushing Hamilton to sign a shorter deal. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com has reported that the Texas Rangers were talking to Hamilton about a four-year deal, and he's also reported that the Seattle Mariners have been talking to him about a mere three-year deal.
The Yankees shouldn't be afraid of signing Hamilton if it's only for three or four years. His 40-homer power won't go away that quickly, and they wouldn't have to fear having another A-Rod on their hands down the line.
The biggest question mark would be the dollars, as signing Hamilton could compromise Hal Steinbrenner's desire to get the club's 2014 payroll below the luxury tax threshold. That will be very hard to do if Hamilton is signed for roughly $25 million per year.
But the Yankees could make space for Hamilton right away by trading away Curtis Granderson, and they have $37 million due to come off the books next winter when Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera all walk. Phil Hughes is also due to walk, and Robinson Cano may walk too if Scott Boras wants the moon for him (and he will).
As long as the deal would be for four years or less, the Yankees could make this work. And if they do, they'll be putting one of the game's best sluggers in a ballpark that couldn't be more perfect for his swing.
If the Yankees want to shock the world this winter, signing Hamilton is how they should do it.
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