MLB Rumors: Baltimore Orioles to Pursue Josh Hamilton in Free Agency
Rumors are circulating around Baltimore that the Baltimore Orioles‘ plans during the off-season the team is high likely to pursue free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton in an attempt to bring the slugger to Baltimore and play left field.
Hamilton who spent five of six Major League seasons with the Texas Rangers was allowed to walk by the Rangers during this off-season due to high contract demands that the five-time All-Star has. It is reported that Hamilton is seeking a contract worth around $175 million for seven years.
The Orioles have great interest in converting the center fielder to left field and playing him along side Adam Jones in the outfield and possibly behind their all-star center fielder which would give them quite a punch in the middle of their lineup. It would be a rather easy transition for the 2010 AL MVP who has played plenty of games in left field for the Rangers over the past three seasons. Last season Hamilton hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 runs batted-in while Jones hit .287 with 32 homers and 87 runs batted-in.
Hamilton is on plenty of teams wish lists and if the Orioles truly want to nab him before anyone else does they must strike quickly and also efficiently. If the Orioles do gain the services of Hamilton they will remain in the discuss of teams to beat in the American league during 2013 after their surprise run to the postseason in 2012.
Hamilton is considered a five-tool player and throughout his career he has a .304 batting average with 161 home runs, 553 runs batted-in, 858 hits, 471 runs scored and 43 stolen bases.