Their have been a whirl of rumors lately about this season’s free agent Josh Hamilton. According to a tweet from John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus, the Rangers outfielder is seeking a seven-year $175 million deal.
The 31-year old is garnering a great deal of interest this year. He was the biggest impact bat of the offseason and could be a perfect fit anywhere. Last season for the Texas Rangers, Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with 21 doubles and 43 home runs. His career line is .304/.363/.549 over his six years in the major leagues.
Many teams have expressed some level of interest in Hamilton including the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers. The Rangers do, however, appear to be ready to part ways with Hamilton. The Nationals, Dodgers and Braves don’t seem too interested either. The Yankees, on the other hand, lost Nick Swisher and have a hole to fill. The Red Sox also have the money to play serious contenders.
There are three teams that seem to have emerged as front-runners in the quest, however. These smaller-market teams are the Brewers, the Mariners and the Orioles. Hamilton’s bat would make an already good offense even better for the Brewers. The Mariners ranked last in the AL in runs scored and batting average in the offseason, so adding Hamilton would have a huge impact on their offense. The Orioles have also been working hard to build their young team up and Hamilton would only add to their competitiveness.