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The Orioles are going to make a run at Josh Hamilton

Nov 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Josh Hamilton:

Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans. Hamilton has started more games in left field than center over the past three seasons, and the Orioles have an opening there now that Nate McLouth has become a free agent.

Morosi notes that, as a cheaper option, the O’s may be interested in Cody Ross. On Twitter he referred to the Orioles as having Hamilton and Ross “on their wish list.”  Which, given the falloff, is sort of like how my son has both the Lego Death Star and the Virtual Loop Hot Wheels track on his wish list.

Frankly, though, the Orioles have a WAY better shot at Hamilton than Carlo has for the Death Star, so it’s not quite a fair comparison.

  1. APBA Guy - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    This would be a good destination for Josh. Smaller outfield, he could play left with Jones in center, and a good HR park. He still needs to work on pitch identification and plate discipline wherever he goes.

    Also, the Orioles have plenty of money with their tv network.

    But this is a pretty bold move. Is Angelos up for something like this?

    • sprest83 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      He has pitch identification and plate discipline now. He just doesn’t care. When he gets in his funk he will swing at everything. I really hope he is gone from the Rangers. I was calling for them to trade him at the all star break so they could get something in return.

      • hammyofdoom - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        I didnt know that you personally knew Josh, thats AWESOME. Why don’t you tell us exactly how he doesn’t care? Or perhaps he just had a damn slump, shit happens

      • protius - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM


        Well said.

      • sprest83 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Clearly many of you aren’t familiar with Hamilton’s past season. He had stretches of brilliance and stretches of extreme disinterest. Swinging at every pitch for about 1 month solid and often times caught laughing in batters box. Tons of AB’s were you could tell he wasn’t focused on playing baseball. He was an extreme rollercoaster thats went from fan favorite to being booed. Good riddance, let another team deal with his crap.

      • sprest83 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        He took himself out of ballgames when the team needed him down the stretch… so called Ocular Keratitis.

  2. paperlions - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    It would be fantastic if Baltimore signed Hamilton….it would make baseball more interesting and may help secure Baltimore as a perennial contender….which would make things more interesting.

  3. pellypell - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Terrible place for Hamilton to end up. With his affinity for heroin, playing just outside of Hamsterdam and those corner kids lurking in every shadow, the temptation will be too great. Besides, Omar’s the king of B More, no room for another one, just ask Marlo.

    • unclehilroy - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Omar dead. This is Marlo’s city now.

    • kyzslew77 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Omar got got!

      • pellypell - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Please, Marlo was a punk. Omar handled his and went out in style. Long live the King, Omar Little.

    • mrwillie - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      It’s sad that there are that many people who thumbed you down that have never seen the greatest show on TV.

  4. sophiethegreatdane - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    My gut reaction was something like this: “GAAAHHHHHHHHH!! Sweet baby Jesus no!!!!!”

    And then I remembered I can now go to Denver and get pretty well lubed up, legally. They have donuts, right?

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      If you like, they have special doughnuts. Saw a 60 minutes on the “industry” that was being built revolving around the passage of this law.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Every donut is special. Every. Single. One.

  5. dowhatifeellike - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    It’s a good move if they don’t overpay for him.

    Someone will overpay for him.

  6. kkolchak - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    So Angelos is going to go back to his previous strategy of wildly blowing money overpaying big name free agents? Outstanding.

    • dowhatifeellike - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Free agents past their prime. Don’t forget that part.

    • rockthered1286 - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Outlandish to say he’ll overpay a big name. In reality, he’ll make a sheepish offer at Hamilton that will fall far short of competing offers just to make a piss poor attempt at saving face. That’s been the strategy in recent years.

  7. RickyB - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Warning: Lego Death Star will take a solid three days to put together. Then your kid will destroy it playing with it, leaving hundreds upon hundreds of pieces strewn about, and you wonder why you bothered shelling out that dough for it. True for every Lego set, but on a much bigger scale with this one.

  8. historiophiliac - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I totally know which player you mean by “Death Star.” I’ve already started harassing my buddy who’s an O’s fan. Keep Hamy from the D!

  9. baroquen131 - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    “Wish list” and “making a run at” are two different things, IMO.

    Nothing will come of this. Just something to talk about, while there’s nothing to really talk about.

  10. willclarkgameface - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Go get ’em Duquette. Win the damn AL East and give the Tigers and Rangers a run for their money next season.

  11. watermelon1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    If you can get Hamilton, fine. But for 180 million or whatever nonsensical contract he wants? WHY?

    Why not sign MCLOUTH? He was your ONLY threat to steal a base. And he hit pretty well too. And he’s pretty good defensively.

    That would probably be the one guy besides Wieters that I say is untouchable. I’d consider trading Adam Jones or Nick Markakis before I let McClouth go.

    Nate isn’t going to break the bank, and he has a whole lot of what the Orioles need. A guy who can get on base, and has speed. And he plays good defense as well.

    Hamilton can hit, and it would be scary to see what his numbers would be with half his games being at Camden Yards. But… can he be trusted to stay healthy AND clean?

    • protius - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Be careful. Alex K. is going to get encyclopedia on your ass for liking Nate McClouth.

    • dowhatifeellike - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Nate is a good guy to have on the roster but he’s not an every day player. Hamilton would be a good addition but he’d have to accept a reasonable contract given his off-the-field issues and his recent lack of on-the-field consistency. Give McClouth a mil, offer Hamilton $12mil per year for 3 or 4 years and if he doesn’t take it, move on.

  12. paul621 - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    “the Orioles have an opening there now that Nate McLouth has become a free agent”

    Really? They had to wait for Nate McLouth to leave to make room for Hamilton? McLouth? REALLY?

  13. fellspointbird - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first time Duq signed a premier FA left fielder

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