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Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop:

The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton.

The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most. Seattle may be amenable to five years, or perhaps even six, though that is fairly speculative and like all the interested teams they have a wariness about going long for Hamilton.

Heyman notes on Twitter that the Yankees are not involved “at this point” and would only consider making an offer to Hamilton if his asking price drops significantly. “Not happening,” Heyman concludes.

The Red Sox have been linked and even met with Hamilton at the Winter Meetings last week in Nashville, Tennessee. But they’ve already committed a total of $78 million to Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli.

So it sounds like it will come down to Seattle and Texas, though the Rangers still have their sights set on a trade for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Perhaps a “mystery team” is waiting in the weeds.

  1. themanchine - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I hope said mystery team is Pitt with a 4 yr $111M deal waiting.

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Not a Pirates fan but I quasi-root for them every year to finally break through. Pirates fans don’t need to dream about mega players like Hamilton. You have to crawl before you walk. How about getting that management to just somewhat go for it once in a while and do a REAL trade at the deadline or just sign a couple realistic free agents here and there in the offseason. The ownership is a joke. The Pirates have their cute run every season and the trade deadline comes and ownership never makes a move to really go for it in that given season under the bullshit premise that they want to build through the system and not give up any young pieces. And 20 years later…….

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      the owners of the Pirates rather stuff that money in their pocket and cry poor to the fan!
      boo hoo!

      • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        I hope the weeds they’re waiting in don’t catch fire. The last thing Hamilton needs is to inhale that stuff.

  2. buffalo65 - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Miami has freed up some money for a run at him.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM


      • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        No they haven’t. Scrooge McLoria had the Chihuahua put it into a 60-month CD.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM


  3. uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Rangers fans no need to worry. Heyman is very seldom right when it comes to rumors about players/offers or their preferred destination.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I nominate the Phillies as the Mystery Team.

  5. illcomm - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    if course the mystery team is the phillies. 5 for 110. they still have 22 mil thus year to spend. so if they backload a bit and hit him with 17 mil for first year. they will still have 5 mil for relief guy.

  6. gbar22 - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I tend to agree with a previous poster who stated Heyman is rarely right nowadays as he seems to have gone the Adam schefter and Chris mortensen route of spewing a lot of nonsense to generate buzz regardless if it’s completely off base. He used in his analysis of the Yankees signing Youkilis that the fact that he was a red sox would dissuade him from becoming a Yankee and just out right dismissed the idea because Heyman thought of him as a red sox. Two days later Yankees offer Youk a contract.

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Ruben we desperatly need to add this guy in the middle of the lineup. No way EVER should Rollins lead your team in HR a la 2012. Its not 2008-2009. Utley isnt a 3 hitter anymore n Howard couldnt hit a LHP if the ball was on a tee. Adding 30-45HR n 120+ RBI could go a long way. The reward outweighs the risk. Every player has risks some greater then others. But Hamilton is one of the 5 best hitters in all of baseball, not adding him to a “win now” team would be a mistake.

  8. gbar22 - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Hamilton in citizens bank would be scary especially with howard behind him. The phillies window is closing so Hamilton for four years would go a long way in helping them get to at least one more world series before retirement sets in for the aging phils. As a mets fan go to Seattle they are bringing in the fences!

  9. phillyfanmatt - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I hate to break it to everyone but even if Hamilton comes to Philly my guess is he would likely hit 5 behind Howard. In no way is Howard hitting behind him.

    • illadelphiasphinest - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      No way Hamilton would hit 5th behind Utley n Howard!! Hamilton is one of THE BEST hitters in ALL of baseball. You don’t bat him 5th and limit his AB’s n RBI oppertinities. Your best hitter hits 3rd. Utley is not an elite hitter at this stage of his career. He is better suited for the 2 hole. Here is an idea for a lineup altough it is extremely lefthanded heavy, both Revere and Hamilton hit LHP well. This also has Charlie realizing that Rollins is not a leadoff guy. All he does is swing for the fences so hit him 6th. I would also seriously start thinking about platooning Howard vs LHP. He just can’t him them to save his life, and shows NO signs of improvment.


      But this will never happen I could see Charlie doing this to open the season.


  10. macjacmccoy - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Im starting to look at Rube as just another Howie Roseman… someone who really knows nothing about building a team and just goes after the biggest name. Seriously what has the guy done to make the team better? He has completely drained the farm system for 1 year or half year rentals that have no future with the team. And when he has traded our players away they have gotten nothing in return. The only deal he has made that was any good was for Halladay and that was a trade that even a person that knows the bare minimum about baseball could have made. Remember it was Gillick and gulp Ed Wade that built the championship team. Rube got the keys the next season and the Phillies have gotten worse each year since. His only strength is getting ownership to spend money and even that can be credited to Gillick bc his team got the win and gave ownership the want for more.

  11. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Hamilton in Philadelphia would be a personal disaster for him off the field

    • mojosmagic - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      “Hamilton in Philadelphia would be a personal disaster for him off the field”. Why? They don’t have drugs or alcohol in Texas.

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