The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have reportedly emerged as contenders to offer free agent Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton a lucrative contract.
Competent Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has inexplicably been stripped of his power to negotiate with free agents.
Nevertheless, unnamed Bombers suits are conducting an extensive background check on the recovering 31-year-old Hamilton.
After going 0-4 and being booed during a 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Wild Card game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Hamilton insinuated he had played his last game in “The Lone Star State.”
The 6-foot-4, 240 pound Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and winner of the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player award, said the heckling was “bad, pretty bad.”
Hamilton, the first overall selection in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, paraphrased a bible verse to further explain his feelings regarding the catcalls.
“I think about bible verse that says if they don’t receive you in town, then shake the dust off your feet and move on,” said Hamilton, 31, a lefty who has amassed 161 dingers and 553 RBI in six professional seasons.
Hamilton, who batted .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBI through 148 games, is expected to seek a 10-year contract worth in excess of $200 million.
Considering Hamilton’s struggles with addiction and frequent battles with injuries, it is understandable that many franchises are wary to add the slugger.
Further concerning for potential suitors, Hamilton relapsed and boozed last February and admitted his “demons are still tormenting him.”
The Rangers and Seattle Mariners presently remain the favorites to land Hamilton.
For the sake of the troubled superstar, and the Yankees and Red Sox organizations, Josh Hamilton should avoid Gotham and Beantown as though the two cities are akin to anthrax.
For continued personal and professional betterment, Hamilton would be wise to stay with the Rangers or move northwest to the “Rain City.”
Due to his disease, Josh Hamilton is not equipped to perform in a big-market and New York and Boston cannot be options.by