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Brewers general manager nixes Josh Hamilton rumors

Nov 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked Doug Melvin about rumors that the Brewers will make a strong run at Josh Hamilton via free agency and the general manager more or less shot them down.

“We’ve got the connection with [hitting coach] Johnny Narron but we don’t have the connection with U.S. Bank,” Melvin said, indicating that Hamilton will be out of the Brewers’ price range.

(Narron is currently the Brewers’ hitting coach after previously serving as Hamilton’s “accountability coach” with the Rangers and Reds.)

Of course, it’s possible that Hamilton ends up without any massive long-term offers, in which case teams that might not normally think of themselves as in the mix for the former MVP could get involved.

Even then the Brewers might be a long shot, because Haudricourt notes that their payroll is likely to go down after being $100 million this year and Melvin’s focus seems likely to be on pitching.

  1. sidelineshot - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I can’t think of any team that would take the big gamble on Hamilton. He is going to ask for A-Rod type money, and we all know how that is shaking out.
    Whoever signs this guy is going to change his mind even before the ink is dry on that piece of paper.

    • mattyflex - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      I think Detroit would be willing to take the big gamble on him.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Never. We don’t need another big bat anyway. We need a closer.

      • mattyflex - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        How about a corner outfielder? A quick google search tells me I’m not the only one who considers this a possibility. It seems like Detroit always pulls some crazy free agency shenanigan, but you know… I sit behind a non-baseball related desk all day.

      • skids003 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        No offense, histrrio, but looking at the WS, you could use another big bat.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Do you really think he’d mix well w/ Fielder, Cabrera & V-Mart? I’m not saying we couldn’t upgrade our outfield. My expectation though is that the surprise deal will be a pitching one. I think that’s where we’ll spend the big bucks. Also, the thing about DD’s deals is that they are usually not what everyone expects.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Skids, we get V-Mart back — but what we need is for the bats we already have to deliver. Miggy was cold. Fielder was cold. It killed us, but we had the hitters…just not…hitting.

      • mattyflex - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Joakim Soria is looking for work…

      • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Meh. He has an injury history — and we need someone who can help us get it done right away. Ilitch isn’t getting younger.

    • thereisaparty - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      You honestly think that Hamilton will be shooting for a 10yr/$225mm contract? If so, you do not understand how this market works.

      • sidelineshot - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        I’m talking about his yearly salary

  2. mrwillie - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I think the only thing that anyone knows about where Hamilton is going, is that nobody knows. Should be interesting.

  3. pacific123ocean - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Hey Arte Moreno and the Angels…don’t do it, be smart this time.

  4. sportsdrenched - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I can’t decide if Hamilton playing for a team named after beer is the worst idea ever….or the best.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Also, there’s no chewing tobacco option so the Anytown Dips wouldn’t really work in lieu of.

  5. spikeintn - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Whomever signs Hamilton will get one really good year, and then drama for the balance of the contract.

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