$25M per year, that's a good round number.. I'm sure there will be some fool owner that will come close to that or give it to him.. You would think some time in the near future some of these owners would see the hand writing on the wall ??
Well, we know one thing. The Yankees sure as hell aren't going to give him that kind of offer. There always seems to be one idiot owner willing to pass out a dumb contract.
The question is what, if anything, did the Red Sox learn from signing Carl Crawford to the kind of contract HAmilton is looking for? They dumped a lot of questionable payroll on the Dodgers and need anywhere from one to three OF fro 2013 (the 3 is if they trade Ellsbury who everybody assumes won't return to Boston if he hits FA). They could have had Cody Ross relatively cheaply but he is now feeling "disrespected" and could bolt just to say "eff u". If they can dump Lackey they will have enve more money to burn.
If they could ever dump Lackey's contract that would really be something. I still think they're in the running for Ross though. He's perfect for Fenway Park and they really need him. I have no doubt that Ellsbury is gone after this season. There's bad blood between him and the ownership. If the Yankees didn't have this upcoming budget in 2014 I'd love to see them go hard after him. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried for Swisher to replace Ross if he signs elsewhere. That could make for some very interesting games between them and the Yankees at YS. lol
I hope some team drinks the coolaid and gives out another insane contract. Eventually their will be no teams left without the burden of these contracts and that might slowdown the madness and bring back the infamous "parity".
Expecting the Orioles to fade away after their surprise season? Maybe not.
Jon Paul Morosi reports the Orioles are targeting Josh Hamilton for their left-field opening. Hamilton is clearly the top offensive player on the market, but he also comes with significant health and off-the-field concerns. It’s a massive risk-reward situation, and if it works, the Orioles could team Hamilton with Adam Jones and Nick Markakis to form a strong outfield. Morosi also reports the Orioles are interested in Cody Ross to bring some right-handed balance in the corners.
Factor in the breakout year from Chris Davis, the arrival of Manny Machado and the long-term presence of Matt Wieters and the Orioles could be putting together a potent offense. Of course, that’s assuming they can afford Hamilton, and assuming Hamilton lives up to his extreme talent.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Speaking of left fielders, the Mets have come to some sort of agreement to buy out Jason Bay’s contract. The team just announced the move. That’s fairly stunning.
IMO the Oriloes need a lot more than Hamilton to push them over the top. It's just not realistic to think lightening will strike twice in the same spot. ie Camden Yards.
I agree, Joe, I believe the O's come back to earth a little next year, and the day Peter Angelos gives out a $175 m 7 year contract will be a cold day in hell.
I hope you've recovered from the storm and all is well with you and yours.
He Luv...how goes it my friend? We got our power back on late yest afternoon. My yards still full of trees and its still hard to get around the streets in my neighborhood b/c of the tons of debris. Now snow...WTF! We're all safe and thats what counts. Hope alls well by you.
I got this gut feeling that the tigers will sign hamilton. hey the yanks would not touch him considering his past. IF he has a clean past then is a no brainer. i would really hope the yanks would due diligence to look for a young stud outfielder.
That would be lovely, but the price would never be cheap nor reasonable.