Re: Hamilton Yes No
posted at 10/7/2012 8:05 PM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
I guess Michael morse isn't known to many people?
If Salty doesn't work out, McCann is one of the 2 or 3 best C in baseball.
If they need pitching, Lincecum, Wainright, Johnson, Stauffer, Floyd, Haren are all solid, proven SP.
Adam Jones, Pence, Morse (again), Cruz, Hart and Gordon all offer production in different forms, and I'm sure most could learn to play 1B just fine if that's where the Sox had a need.
Who's available this year? Hamilton, Greinke, and...........................
Yes, I forgot Votto's LONG deal. Yes, Cano is likely to be extended, but that still leaves a lot mroe talent to explore. Teams are going to overpay, just like the Sox did with Lackey, because there is so little available. I'm trying to AVOID the mistakes the Sox have been making, not repeat them...or prove I can defeat a deck stacked against me.
If the Sox gave Hamilton 4/80, and he missed a month next year...what would fans be saying? Then would I expect him to be getting better at 34? It's just a bad idea, he's far too risky.
It's true players don't become available, and at ages they used to. So, either invest in producing your own, or target guys and go trade for them at an earlier age (gonzalez). Not target them through their prime, and give them stupid-long deals at 30 (crawford). And though everyone was happy with GOnzalez at the time...he played well, but not 22mil well, so fans wern't happy with him. 20mil+ a year is a resipe for disaster, even if the guy hits because he needs to hit, hit for power, be a leader, and not get injured for fans to be happy and feel like he lived up to the deal. That's not realistic.
I'vementiond Morse as a fit in a dozen other threads. I could see it happening, although I am not a huge Michael morse fan. If they get him, I will root for him and hope he stay of steroids for once.
McCann certainly could leave Atlanta, but I do think many people would be surprised.
I'd be extremely surpised if Pence or Adam Jones were even remotely available. Neither are free agents and both are on teams currently in the post-season. What exactly is the motivation to sell?
Its one thing to rattle off the names of star players nad pitchers, but many of these targets are not moving and won't be. Tim Lincecum struggled and is owed a lot of money next season. Despite those being 2 big reasons to move him, does anyone honestly think they will? All these fans expecting him to be available wouldn't move him so quickly were they GM of the Giants - the only guy whoseopinion on the subject that matters. And we know this because they clearly still think highly of Lincecum to place a bullseye on him. I'm sure Sabean also thinks highly of his multiple Cy Young winning pitcher, and will hold on to him through 2013. Or at the very least, won't trade him for Ellsbury.