Posted December 07, 2012

Yankees, Red Sox reportedly in Josh Hamilton sweepstakes

MLB

The Yankees may have emerged as a late contender to sign free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale reports via Twitter that the Yankees are doing their due diligence — more specifically a background check — on the sometimes erratic slugger who requires strict off-the-field supervision to control his addictions.

Nightengale’s source, reportedly a rival general manager, doesn’t give a reason as to why Yankees GM Brian Cashman is not involved in the Hamilton homework.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Cashman had been stripped of his power to make offers to free agents.

On Thursday, people within the Yankees organization confirmed that this was in fact true: Cashman arrived in Nashville unable to make offers to players, and without that power, targets like Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez took deals elsewhere.

The Yankees may not be the only American League East team still in on Hamilton. Alex Speier of WEEI reports Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen said that the team is continuing to talk to Hamilton.

The Rangers and Mariners have widely been considered to be the front-runners to land Hamilton. The Mariners reportedly have offered Hamilton three years at $20-$25 million. The Rangers would love a scenario that allows them to re-sign Hamilton, while also signing pitcher Zack Greinke and acquiring Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.


6 comments
KyleRalphAnthony
KyleRalphAnthony

Why would the Yankees strip Cashman's power to make offers to free agents?  His record isn't great, but when you throw money around like teams that are known to not care, many contracts look horrible after they get you to a few World Series and win you one. 

 

Hamilton is a little overrated, and very risky... but he'd hit 60 homeruns with that short porch in New York if Granderson can be a 40 plus homerun guy.  He's also an underrated outfielder with exceptional speed.  If they could get him to sign a huge 4 year contract that is crazy; wouldn't that make sense to them?  He could get them back to being actual contenders while making the Rangers, Red Sox and Tigers weaker just cause they signed him.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

hambone brings new meaning to the phrase, "take a hit down the line"

JkdiurnArtt
JkdiurnArtt

like Andrea answered I am amazed that a student can make $6726 in 1 month on the computer. did you look at this link 

TORR3
TORR3

PLEASE NOLAN SIGN HAMBONE TO 7YRS. THATS REALLY A DISCOUNT.  WE CAN WIN IT ALL WITH HIM AND PROFAR ,BELTRE,ANDRUS,CRUZ,MURPHY,,MORELAND, ITS NOT TIME TO REBUILD LETS STOCK  UP. GO RANGERS! @THEJOSHHAMILTON @NOLANRYAN @jondaniels 

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JerryBelle
JerryBelle

If Cashman has, in effect, been neutered as to offering deals and contracts then all the naysayers should start directing their venomous attacks, not at Cashman, but at the Steinbrenners!  Maybe they're becoming the next CBS and what do they care as long as seats are filled and TV Ads are cold...disgusting way to treat your fans.