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08:09 AM ET 09.12 | During this time of year, much "due diligence" takes place for the moves we see in the offseason. As end of the regular season approaches, every major league club that plans to delve into the free-agent market has its best scouts at the ballpark looking at the best guys who will be available during the offseason. ... Josh Hamilton, CF | Best fits: Rangers, Yankees ... Hamilton is the best position player in this year's class, and the 31-year-old would like to get a deal in the range of what Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols received last year, which would mean a 10-year contract for more than $200 million. However, Hamilton's well-documented issues with addiction and nagging health issues will dissuade some teams.

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September 12, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Hamilton a fit in pinstripes..........



I said this two years ago..........

September 12, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Not happening unless the Yankees change their mind about getting the payroll under $189 mil for 2014.

And it shouldn't happen. They need a major overhaul and signing Hamilton would be a band aid on a gushing wound.

Plus, Hamilton's addiction issues are a major concern. And what the hell happened a few weeks ago when he was having some problems but wouldn't say what they were?

Caveat Emptor.

September 12, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Very risky for someone to throw out big money and years. I hope he stays put but I don't figure on that happening.

September 12, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Why not? With Swisher out of there next year they can use the $10 million he got and move Granderson with that year left on his contract and there you go. $2 million less payroll to sign Hamilton.

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September 12, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not happening unless the Yankees change their mind about getting the payroll under $189 mil for 2014. And it shouldn't happen. They need a major overhaul and signing Hamilton would be a band aid on a gushing wound.Plus, Hamilton's addiction issues are a major concern. And what the hell happened a few weeks ago when he was having some problems but wouldn't say what they were? Caveat Emptor.

I agree Kenny. How many free agents have we passed on recently and how many times has Cashman stated that we're reducing payroll to get under the $189 million dollar threshold? Not to mention a long term deal for Hamilton is asking for trouble...especially with all the tempatation that awaits him in New York City. He struggles to stay clean and now he's struggling to hit .300.

September 12, 2012  09:44 AM ET

....i say he would make a great yankee ....on the downside of his career...expects more money than teams other than ny are willing to pay.....familiar with drugs...yeah he is the protoypical yankee....

September 12, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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....i say he would make a great yankee ....on the downside of his career...expects more money than teams other than ny are willing to pay.....familiar with drugs...yeah he is the protoypical yankee....

X^D *Hah!* ...and people say, "What's in a name?"

;^) *chk - chk*

September 12, 2012  09:52 AM ET

wiseup: I read a while back this year when he was slumping he was fighting an addiction issue. No, not that. He was trying to kick his addiction to nicotene. He had been using snuff . he was going off of it cold turkey,. believe it or not but that was the story I read.As far as Hamilton in pin stripes, he does not need the big media of New York. He has had enough pressure in his life. That was why he was a good fit in texas. Spend your Yankee bucks else where

September 12, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Its ridiculous that every year the best free agent MUST be heading to the Yankees. Why cant they develop some of their own players?

September 12, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Its ridiculous that every year the best free agent MUST be heading to the Yankees. Why cant they develop some of their own players?

I don't think they have signed a big name free agent since 2009 when they got CC, Tex and AJ Burnett (unless you want to count Hiroki Kuroda).

September 12, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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trolling...trolling...trolling...

Yep.

September 12, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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I agree Kenny. How many free agents have we passed on recently and how many times has Cashman stated that we're reducing payroll to get under the $189 million dollar threshold? Not to mention a long term deal for Hamilton is asking for trouble...especially with all the tempatation that awaits him in New York City. He struggles to stay clean and now he's struggling to hit .300.

I think he would be a nightmare in the Bronx.

September 12, 2012  10:32 AM ET

Perfect fit. In a couple years he'll be an aging vet on the downside of his career being paid much more than his production..... i.e. A Rod and Tex.

September 12, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Why not? With Swisher out of there next year they can use the $10 million he got and move Granderson with that year left on his contract and there you go. $2 million less payroll to sign Hamilton.

Good point. I guess it is feasible. However, do you really think it is a good idea to commit the years and dollars it woudl require to sign Hamilton? Also, you would have to find another outfielder to replace Granderson.

September 12, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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I don't think they have signed a big name free agent since 2009 when they got CC, Tex and AJ Burnett (unless you want to count Hiroki Kuroda).

Weeks ago they just got Ichiro and its only because of money

September 12, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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Weeks ago they just got Ichiro and its only because of money

That was a trade, not a free agent signing.

September 12, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Weeks ago they just got Ichiro and its only because of money

And even if he was a free agent, I'd hardly call Ichiro a big acquisition at this stage in his a career.

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September 12, 2012  11:19 AM ET

He will be bumping uglies with a crack **** within 1 week of moving to NY.

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