Old Sneakers wrote:LOL! I will guess then that I am in the minority here and one of the few against chasing Hamilton. So be it. No I wasn't comparing Ford and Hamilton. I just think Hamilton is a bad idea.
No you are not alone in thinking that any contract with Josh Hamilton's name affixed to it must have a fair and balanced club protection, must not be more than two years guaranteed and must be below $14 Million per year. His signing gives up our first round pick in 2013. To me, Hamilton would be only good for the Orioles on a two year deal at a low cost because of his inability to play a full season, his drug/alcohol issue and I do not think he will play any better than he did in 2012, his walk year. A ten to fifteen percent decline per year in production and games played is how I see Josh Hamilton.
It is my opinion that the Orioles should be looking for the next Josh Hamilton that is under team control as opposed to signing the one on the market that has baggage.