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Josh Hamilton says the Mariners didn’t really try hard to sign him

Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik went on the radio in Seattle last week and said that the team made a legit shot at signing Josh Hamilton. This followed a couple weeks of reports that, yes indeed, the Mariners had been working hard to get him. There was apparently the framework of a deal in place, awaiting only the Rangers to make a move or not before the M’s could swoop in. But then the Angels swooped, rendering it all rather academic.

Not so, says Josh Hamilton. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports:

This one may never get entirely resolved, but for what it’s worth, Josh Hamilton went on the syndicated radio and TV program The Dan Patrick Show on Friday and gave an interview in which he was asked about the process that led to his signing a five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Towards the 10-minute, 30-second mark, he was asked by Patrick whether the Mariners had made “a strong play” for him.

“No, not really,” Hamilton said. “I mean, they were just like some other teams. You hear about Seattle but other teams, you didn’t hear about.”

Academic, I suppose. Except, if the Mariners truly did make a strong offer and push to sign Hamilton and he’s now saying they didn’t, it’s not exactly fair to Seattle, which is trying to overcome a perception that it’s no place a superstar wants to be.

  1. kgsmith - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    In other words, the Angels offered him more money.

    • nikedunks13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      and more years. the mariners were only offered 3 years. its kinda funny they were willing to give figgins 5 years but not hamilton

      • nikedunks13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM


  2. lewp - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I think it’s kind of classless to talk about past negotiations with teams after the fact. But then, we are talking about a player who has to be babied aren’t we?

    • paperlions - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Why? No worse than teams leaking information during negotiations…..especially if said leaks were hyperbole designed for positive PR. He wasn’t even specific and he didn’t bring them up, he just answered a question….he didn’t even list any of the teams you didn’t hear about.

      • vallewho - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        IIRC, the M’s attached their name to Hamilton, not the other way around.

    • nikedunks13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      He was asked a question and he answered it. what’s wrong with that?

  3. thesmedman - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Wonder what kinda drugs JH was on during his free agent negotiations who produce these hallucinations about the teams he did not sign with…

    • cur68 - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      I find it pretty easy to believe him. He is one of the best free agent hitters out there, if not THE best. Why wouldn’t he have multiple teams chasing after him?

  4. paul621 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I always wonder how much a player knows about this stuff, or if it’s just the agent handling things until it gets really serious. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear that his agent has a different take.

  5. chucklewis13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I am getting about as sick and tired of Josh Hamilton running off at his mouth as I am of Tim Tebow. Josh make his forture when decided to take his talents to the Angels–not the Rangers and or Mariners. Whinning about what the Rangers, Mariners did is irrelevant and immaterial. There is nothing else to see here so Josh get a grip on yourself and move on because I know I sure as hell has.

    • nikedunks13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      he was asked a question and he answered it stupid

  6. dfpoor - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    He is an amazing talent. The Yankees should have signed him. Through 6 seasons:

    .308 AVG, 173 HR, 575 RBI, 43 SB.

    .304 AVG, 161 HR, 553 RBI, 43 SB.

    • MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Both have much in common.Both are great hitters and both could tear it up at the local pub

  7. romoscollarbone - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I’ll take the drunk over the heroin addict, any day of the week. Also the age gap is noteworthy.

  8. rangermania - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Josh this, Josh that. More pointless interviews. Josh is old news. The media creates news when they have none. Like they must have Josh altars in their newsrooms.

  9. brandedthefirst - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    He could’ve scored better dope in Seattle ?

  10. coloradogolfcoupons - Dec 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The day I start caring about what an alcoholic crackhead says is about 3 million years in the future. This guy smoked his $4 Million signing bonus in a pipe within 2-3 years. His brain is mush. Why does anyone care???

  11. bleed4philly - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    If you wanna generate excitement within the fan base without spending any money, do this.

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