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The Orioles are unlikely to sign Josh Hamilton

Nov 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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Some national writers were saying yesterday that the Orioles would be players for Josh Hamilton. A local Baltimore writer, however — Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun — says that’s not likely given the specualted $175 million price tag:

The Orioles have never given out a contract like that. And they aren’t going to make franchise history for a 31-year-old guy who battled injuries and an eye issue last year and had had trouble with alcohol and drug abuse in the past. I talked to several within the organization who say the club – and where it is right now – can’t afford to take such a risk with its comparatively limited resources, especially when they feel the team is headed in the right direction. If they are going to buy big, it has to be for someone they feel they can count on for years to come.

He ads a caveat: if Hamilton’s stock goes way down because other teams have similar fears, sure, the O’s could jump in when things get more reasonable.

I do love the “comparatively little resources” line, though.  Part of the reason the Orioles have “comparatively little resources” is that the Orioles are receiving artificially low annual local broadcast revenues from MASN, which Peter Angelos also owns. If they got revenues from the network which matched up with the actual broadcast value of their baseball games, they’d be making way more dough. They don’t, however, because then the network would have to pay the Nationals more, and that would take money out of Angelos’ pocket.

  1. iethesht - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    It depends on if Hamilton has enough suitors willing to throw out $175 million for him. If it’s January and the Red Sox, Yanks, Angels, and Dodgers haven’t come calling, maybe that $130 million deal from the Orioles stops looking so bad.

    • dowhatifeellike - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      For how many years? He’s a health risk. His body is older than his age. Struggles with addiction. Inconsistent. I like the guy but he’s not getting Prince Fielder money.

      Adam Jones just got a 6-year, $85.5M deal. Hasn’t hit his prime yet, not a health risk (played all 162 this year), gold glove defense, great clubhouse guy.

      Based on that, I wouldn’t offer Hamilton more than 4 and 70, maybe 75.

      • iethesht - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        I was thinking 7. I personally think it’s a bad idea, but maybe the Orioles want to capitalize right now on the attention the team is getting. It could make them very competitive next year (I bet Hamilton rebounds from his poor second half), which would bring more fans into the seats for a longer portion of the season.

  2. im4cincy - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Reduce the taint!

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Unless it’s “Puddin Taint”… of course.

  3. indaburg - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Dan Connolly made a very reasonable and measured argument as to why Josh Hamilton is not a good idea for the O’s unless the price comes way down. Bo-ring! Come on, Dan, throw us a freakin’ bone. It’s the off-season. Make some sort of outrageous argument.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Ya don’t say?

  5. APBA Guy - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Thanks for the last paragraph. The “Orioles Way” was long ago replaced by the “Angelos Way” of profiting from an empty ballpark. I’m sure Angelos was shocked by their playoff run and relatively large crowds last season. It will be interesting to see if this post season brings any significant additions to the O’s.

  6. rockthered1286 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    “…And they aren’t going to make franchise history for a 31-year-old guy who battled injuries and an eye issue last year and had had trouble with alcohol and drug abuse in the past.”

    Newsflash: NOBODY will. No way he gets $175M.

  7. ncm42 - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Please, PLEASE don’t mess up this team’s chemistry for the sake of chasing names…

  8. djjackson81 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Reality check JH is gone Upton will be in Texas if they ever decide wanting a JH replacement for free isn’t going to happen.

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