Posted November 07, 2012

Report: Orioles to target Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross

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The Orioles reportedly plan on targeting free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles are currently setting their sights on a left fielder during free agency and plan to target Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, reports FoxSports.com.

Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans. Hamilton has started more games in left field than center over the past three seasons, and the Orioles have an opening there now that Nate McLouth has become a free agent.

Baltimore also has some interest in free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, the source said. Ross would be a cheaper option than Hamilton and had success in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox this year.

In the past three seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton, 31, has averaged a .952 OPS, 33 home runs and 107 RBI. Hamilton’s asking price reportedly is seven years and $175 million. Ross is seeking a three-year deal worth $25 million after hitting .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs in 130 games with the Red Sox last season.


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slicer234
slicer234

Why not re-sign Nate?  Great speed, can hit, has some power.  Hamilton has way too many issues.  first...he gets hurt every year.  You can`t pay a guy who is 32 and has missed so much time...huge money.  If you could get him for say 2 years... maybe so.  Texas knows...and wants no part of a long term deal.  He has had other serious issues outside of baseball as we all know.  Doubtful anyone gives him a long term deal.

Somehow... Chris Davis needs to play everyday ...even if DHing.  Actually with Davis in right field, and Nate in left...and leading off...they did not miss Markasis that much.  Nate could steal a lot of bases...Nick not so much.

Davis hit for a decent average and over 30 home runs.  They could trade Nick...for a good player or pitcher.

I like Nick..but with Davis and McClouth(if they could sign him)...he would be great trade material.

Marie1
Marie1

O's will not spend that type of money on one player. Not going to happen...get a reliable source.

opshuns
opshuns

Don't forget Cody Ross is a straight up pull hitter that benefitted by the pee-wee LF.  He gets hot for a month and the rest year he stinks...

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius like.author.displayName 1 Like

Only a team run by fools would meet Hamilton's asking price. Three years for $60 million sounds about right. Teams should be learning that nine figure deals do not a championship team make.

agudelo.d.ivan
agudelo.d.ivan

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius hmmmmm let us look at the last four years to see if "nine figure deals do not a championship make" 2012- seems to me that they had at least one player with that type of contract(Barry Zito) 2011-Hmmmm seems to me like they also had another one of those contracts(Matt Holliday) 2010- Barry Zito :) 2009- The Yankees. That says it all Even if it was not a great impact, all of these clubs had player(s) that had nine figure contracts. The end

kyyled55
kyyled55

 @agudelo.d.ivan  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 

2010 Zito was not on playoff roster at all. They won DESPITE him and via savvy moves (Ross off waivers, Renteria/Uribe/Burrell/Huff still having something in the tank) that paid off.

 

Oh, and perhaps the greatest pitching performance through a single playoffs ever.