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The Tigers' case for pursuing Josh Hamilton

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04:56 PM ET 11.06 | Want to win now? Don't care about the future, especially the future payroll? There is basically one and only one way for you to go all in on the 2013 season ??? at least as far as this year's free agent market is concerned. We're looking for a guy with massive impact, which should imply not only signing one of the best players one the market at any position but also that the particular guy in question fills the team's deepest, biggest hole. The two best free agents on the market this year are Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton. Obviously, if you looked at the title, I'm not suggesting that going after Greinke is the best way to make a splash. I'm talking about Josh Hamilton. Typically the only way to sign a guy like this is to meet salary demands that nobody else will touch. Even if the guy is a Hall of Fame candidate you know going in that for at least a number of the years on the deal he is not going to be worth it. But if you care enough about today, it's worth it. That is, after all, what got Prince Fielder here. And let me state the obvious here: Josh Hamilton is a better fit than Prince Fielder was for the Tigers' needs and he is no less likely to be effective at age 37. Prince, remember, signed a NINE year deal.

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November 7, 2012  01:00 AM ET

Well, I could see George Steinbrenner going for this, but he had VERY deep pockets and no luxury tax to worry about.

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November 7, 2012  02:26 AM ET

Hamilton is NOT a HoF candidate.

November 7, 2012  07:30 AM ET

His fro would fit right in up there

November 7, 2012  04:03 PM ET

I think the Tigers went all in last year with the signing of 28, and are still good enough next year to make the playoffs with what they have now.

 
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