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Josh Hamilton met with Mariners on Sunday

Dec 4, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said last month that it’s unlikely they’ll be major players for free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Hamilton is attending the Winter Meetings in Nashville and met with Mariners officials on Sunday. Other unidentified teams are believed to be in the mix for Hamilton, but Rosenthal reiterates that the Rangers have been the most aggressive with him so far. The Brewers have been mentioned as a possibility because hitting coach Johnny Narron was previously Hamilton’s accountability partner, but they are considered to be on the “periphery” of talks.

Hamilton, 31, batted .285/.354/.577 with 43 home runs, 128 RBI and a .930 OPS in 148 games this past season. He’s the best position player available on pure talent alone, but his age, injury history and past issues with addiction make him one of the most unpredictable and intriguing free agent cases in recent memory.

  1. vegagreenleaf - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Sign him Z. It’s been too long since the fan base had a real masher to root for.

  2. jmgatskiejr - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Hamilton is the Paul Molitor of this generation. Unbelievable talent but equally high maintenance and that requires a a big investment from a team to keep him functional and the clubhouse stable.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      I find him somewhat reminiscent of Junior GRifffey – Center fielder with left handed power and good speed.

    • Tick - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Molitor? Really? I know he had some personal problems and an injury history in the early parts of his career, but it seemed like both of those became non-issues during the last ten years of his career, or so. I never heard too much about him being a problem child.

  3. ezthinking - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Bring back Buhner Haircut day for HamBone!

  4. crisisjunky - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Making and drinking “Star bucks.”

    • Jeremy T - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      That’s painfully bad…

      Aw who am I kidding, keep the puns coming!

      • crisisjunky - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        painful to deliver as well, usually leading to a night on the couch. ouch.

  5. sportsnut101 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    If he wants to never make the playoffs again sign here

    It will take a miracle for them to get in. Texas n angels n a’s now are good

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