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Josh Hamilton wants $175 million? Good luck with that, dude

Nov 5, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

I want to find a genie in a bottle who bucks convention and doesn’t mind it when you wish for more wishes. The odds of that happening are about the same odds as Josh Hamilton getting what he wants:


That’s $25 million a year for seven years. I think it’s a stretch to think he’ll get seven years at anything even approaching that level, if he gets that many years at all. If he does get $25 million it would probably be some four-year thing maybe with a series of options afterward. No way someone goes both big and long on his deal.

Whatever. They’re all rumors until something happens. I would expect that, if it hasn’t happened already, Hamilton’s people have denied this. Not because they don’t want it — they may actually be asking for it — but because there is no percentage in having a perception that Hamilton is asking for the moon out there. At least until he’s in serious negotiations with someone.

  1. materialman80 - Nov 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Surely baseball is going to wake up and realize these contracts are beyond anything even approaching sanity. Texas needs to do the same thing St. Louis did when they got hit with numbers like that. Just say no. Look at the idiot Yankees, they owe Stray Rod 114 million dollars and he’s had it. He’s done, and they owe him 114 MILLION……

    • gibbyfan - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      You are using sound logic Materialman but you forget that it doesn’t apply to MLB. Yes the Cardinals did what they had to do because of limited resources but other owners are much less constrained and they just dont care –it’s factored into the cost of doing business. These are some of the smartest business people on the planet –do you really think they couldnt figure out that Arod was getting older fast and Albert was already on a downward trajectory –but both got 10 year super deals anyway–As a fan,especially a card fan, I don’t like it but it is what it is—I always root for the underdog and just hope that somehow the guys with th ebillions to burn will feel some pain.

      • jeffbbf - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        did you just say that baseball owners are some of the smartest business people on the planet?

  2. tastybasslines - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    We all thought that Fatty Fielder wouldn’t get 218 Million now, did we? I mean, 10 years? The falloff is destined to be fast for him and some GM went gonzo. It will happen again with Hamiliton. It only takes one GM to pull the trigger, and players of his talent level are at a premium.

    • joerymi - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      It was nine at 214, and that “fatty” plays a sport that you watch at home.

  3. franklamar17 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    3 years 60 million

  4. mdev1987 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    No team wants to celebrate a playoff win with ginger ale. Take a hike ya boozer.

  5. dgould2020 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I could see 6yr 90 mil max

  6. badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Read the book “The Super Rich “. These folks are not like us. Trust me, they don’t need to have a Clown TV show like Trump to prove it.

  7. xjokerz - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Lol @ all of the hate for fielder dude is 5 years younger , has never done heroin and is never injured. Man I love jealous trolls. Go tigers

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