Posted December 07, 2012

Josh Hamilton, Mariners discuss deal worth up to $25 million per year: Report

MLB

The Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton are discussing potential three-year contracts worth up to $25 million per season, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday. The deals being thrown around sit in the range of $20 million to $25 million per year, Rosenthal reported.

The Mariners and Texas Rangers have been the two most active teams in pursuit of Hamilton, who left this week’s Winter Meetings without a contract in hand. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong told The Seattle Times that the Mariners were still interested in Hamilton, but they were waiting to see where other free-agent dominoes fall.

Where Hamilton goes could depend on whether the Rangers sign pitcher Zack Greinke. If they do, they would be unlikely to fork over the kind of money needed to sign Hamilton.


18 comments
John154
John154

Hamilton will love it in Seattle, where it is now legal to smoke dope....

KyleC
KyleC

Gotta love some of the free agents this year. Especially Hamilton and Greinke. Both carry an extreme amount of baggage though. Check this out, it explains why teams should beware of these two. http://intheneutralzone.com/?p=8412

Thomaas
Thomaas

but playing in Seattle will cause his home runs to down grade........ wouldn't do it if i were josh....stick with texas man. things are bigger in Texas.....including contracts

m.guszak
m.guszak

If he can get a big payday in Seattle for four years he should take it. HOWEVER, he better be advised that his numbers are going to shrink up there and he will not be as coveted when his contract expires. Maybe not the best environment for Josh on a personal level though. Wouldn't be shocked to see him using Seattle to drive up a bid from somewhere else.

stevenkcomstock
stevenkcomstock

I admire what Hamilton has over come, and no one can deny his natural ability.Is it all about money? The Rangers have a large part in his being able to look at free agent contracts. Do people think he just magically woke up one morning and turned his life around? Where would he be if the Rangers had not took a BIG risk on him too begin with? Maybe he should look at all the people who made this opportunity possible for him. It just wasn't him.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Is it really worth another $5 million per season to go to a team that is perpetually rebuilding? If Hamilton has a lick of sense he takes $60 million over three years and stays in Texas.

Steaksauce
Steaksauce

 @m.guszak You are like the ten thousandth person that I had to tell that the fences are coming in at Safeco.

Steaksauce
Steaksauce

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius perpetually?  This rebuilding process started in 2009.  If Smoak and Ackley can quickly turn it around along with a outfielder, then an addition of Hamilton will be awesome with the big three pitchers waiting in the farm, along with Felix.  Look out.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius If that is indeed the offer on the table you are 100% correct, especially considering the lack of state income tax in the State of Texas. That $5million more would only pay a tax bill anyway

 

Mel
Mel

 @Steaksauce  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Yes perpetually. They have been rebuilding since losing the big 3 (Arod, Johnson and Griffey Jr.). They were a perpetual playoff team in those days. Haven't come close in a decade.

bingelistening
bingelistening

 @Mel  @Steaksauce  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Except for 2009 when they were 85-77, 2007 when they were an even better 88-74. Also, their magical 2001 season was pulled off without any of The Big Three.

 

I get the point you're trying to make, but you're making it sound way worse than it is and has been.

Steaksauce
Steaksauce

 @Mel  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 2001 happened without any of those guys.  93 wins in each of the subsequent 2 years. Then a down year.  2005 Sexson and Beltre.  Didn't quite work out. Good in '07 and '09 but '09 was a fluke and decided to gut the GM and players associated with Bavasi.  That is when this rebuilding started.  Maybe you guys don't understand the word perpetual.  Someone like Billy Beane can tell you.

dmatniban
dmatniban

 @mm61533  @BryanCustard  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius OMG!  If ur gonna analyze the personal income tax perspective, you better understand the tax structure (or lack thereof) of every state with MLB teams.  If Tampa Bay or Miami offers J.H. a hefty contract, he would be subject to a Florida intangibles tax.  Would that detract a player from signing?  It depends on whether the player has intangible income (stocks, bonds, etc.).  What other MLB states have no personal income tax system?  The answer is zero.  So there are only three MLB states with no personal income tax system (Florida, Texas and Washington).  J.H. deserves his pay day and in a free enterprise system, he should be able to choose what he feels is the "right fit" for him and his family.  I am a huge fan of J.H. because of what he has overcome throughout his adult life.  He is a true inspiration to those wanna "believe."  Go get em J.H.!