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Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Josh Hamilton

Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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In the wake of Josh Hamilton‘s five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels a report from Greg Johns of MLB.com suggests a different AL West rival was close to signing him away from the Rangers.

According to Johns the Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Hamilton and “were willing to go after him full bore on a shorter deal.”

He doesn’t get into any specifics in terms of money or years, so it’s tough to say how close they actually were to signing Hamilton, or even if their offer beat the Rangers’ offer to re-sign the former MVP.

Still, it’s interesting because it means a) the Mariners were willing to spend a whole bunch of money on a veteran hitter, and b) they may have a whole bunch of money available to offer other free agents like Nick Swisher or Michael Bourn or Cody Ross.

  1. dtoms - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    So the M’s said they were ready to do whatever it takes to sign Hamilton, but as soon as the fifth year was tacked on they said no go? Awesome. Good job Jack Z.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Yes, it actually was a good job. Five years is probably 2 too many….and it is highly likely that Hamilton doesn’t produce $25M worth of value in even one year of the deal….he’s only done it one time so far in his career.

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    show me the money……….

    they was just window shopping anyway………………..

    josh would have signed just to stick it to the Great Ryan!!!

    Texas pooped their pants and Mariners were really just farted on the one.

    adios fellas

    • sarcasticks - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      Me fail English? Unpossible.

      • ktourek - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        It says Choo Choo Chooooose me…and there’s a picture of a train

        Ralph Wiggum is my hero

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Awww somebody bent my wookie!

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        no douche, just typos.
        are you the spelling police, get lost!!

      • abaird2012 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        He actually spelled everything correctly. The only problem was everything else.

      • seattlej - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        My cat’s breath smells like cat food.

    • Al - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      You’re absolutely right, this was a total poopy pants move on behalf of the Rangers, and the Mariners are clearly just farting all over the place. Kudos for having the courage to say what the so-called “media” are too afraid to.

      • Al - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        In fact, I propose we stop calling him “Jack Z.” and call him “Ol’ Farty Butt” instead, it’s not like anyone won’t know who we’re talking about!!

  3. randygnyc - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Apples to apples, it’s a no brainer to sign on a team that can compete. Why would Hamilton sign in Seattle when he could play with trout and pujols for the same money (assuming the mariners were even going 5 years)?

  4. manifunk - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Impressive spin control going on the M’s front office

  5. echech88 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    I understand being responsible, but this makes no sense to me.

    So they were willing to overpay per year to keep it at 3 or 4 years, but the idea of adding a 5th at less annual cost is just ridiculous?

    If giving an extra year is unacceptable, why focus on free agency as the avenue of improvement in the first place? When has a marquee player NOT signed a deal that overpaid in years recently? It is dumb in the long term, yes, but you knew that when you decided to play the game! The guys who get contracts with acceptable lengths usually do so because they have warts that prevented a bidding war.

    Just seems like the combo of refusing to deal Felix for a quick overhaul AND refusing to take an occasional risk is a surefire way to keep this team stuck in neutral, wasting Felix’s prime years in the process on teams perpetually winning 70-80 games.

  6. legacybroken - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    It also seems like Hamilton really wanted to sign with any team that let him stick it to the Rangers often. Hamilton sounds more petty and vindictive by the day.

  7. macjacmccoy - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Someone using Cody Ross and a whole bunch of money in the same sentence really shows how out of control baseball contracts are getting. In no world should a player of his caliber be making anything more then $3 million a year. To be fair though there’s a lot of guys making more then double that who shouldn’t be making even half of it.

  8. bostonboy82 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I call BS.

  9. abaird2012 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    He was never going to be a Mariner. Seattle’s a lot farther than just a Josh Hamilton away from being a contender, and Joshie wants a ring to go with his money. Besides, aren’t the streets paved with black tar up there …?

  10. theworddetective - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    So 125 M for 5 years is too much? Wait for the attendance figures come rolling in for 2013…6,000–3500– Oops! No money here; “Lets sell while we can.”

  11. denny65 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    The Mariners were “in the hunt” to the “end” to sign Josh Hamilton?

    And in other news, the Mariners announced today that Sasquatch has been signed to a minor league contract with the short-season Class A Everett AquaSox.

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