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Mariners could be serious player for Josh Hamilton

Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi wrote earlier today that free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton “is on the Orioles’ list of targets” this offseason. And he will apparently have another unexpected suitor.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners “look like a possible new entry” in the Hamilton sweepstakes. Something that M’s GM Jack┬áZduriencik did not completely deny:

“If the right bat’s available, we’re going to have to talk about it,” said Jack Z. “We’re going to have several discussions with agents. We have to be flexible.”

Hamilton would play left field in Seattle while adding power to a lineup that desperately needs it. But the Mariners haven’t spent big on many free agents and Hamilton is seeking more than $100 million.

The 31-year-old slugger has registered a remarkable .304/.363/.549 batting line since the start of the 2007 season. He hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI in 2012 for the second-place Rangers.

“Some or most of the Hamilton market may not surface for a while,” Heyman notes in his report.

  1. mianfr - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Because when you have the opportunity to go out and get a recovering addict with not insignificant health issues and no plate discipline to man a spot in your gigantic outfield for only $140-160M, you have to do it.

    • chill1184 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      All it takes is one stupid GM remember that

      • dcfan4life - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:27 AM

        Ya but for Seattle to get him they would have to way overpay him. And a stupid GM may sign him for too much, but way overpay is a great way to get fired.

  2. fantasymoney - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Jack Z: “Josh, we can make you an offer of 7 years and $160M. We’ll also throw in 50 pounds of that new Washington State sticky icky icky on the down low. Did you hear that we’re also moving the fences in? You’re gonna love it here Josh…..”

  3. steviep23 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Better fit in Baltimore. Hamilton playing half his games in Camden yards? I think so.

  4. mashoaf - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Richie Sexon was worth the money the last time the Ms dabbled with big free agent signings.

  5. franklinandbashandflorio - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Sadly, the mermaids would not benefit because they are one sad sports town with no Championships.

  6. liddogg33 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Gotta love all the hatred on such a world class city!! Man the view must suck from your mommies trailer!!!

    • doctorfootball - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Ouch! Someone’s bitter

  7. lewp - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    As a Rangers fan, I would love it if Josh went to the Mariners…we could see him very often…and our pitchers would just have to throw Josh 3 outside pitches for a guaranteed out..

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