The Philadelphia Phillies have plenty of money to spend and they desperately need a big-name outfielder for their 2013 team. Josh Hamilton is the biggest name on the market, and reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal say GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has reached out to Hamilton.
Hamilton is a perennial MVP candidate with a big left-handed bat capable of bashing 40 home runs and driving in 120 runs per year. He can play all three outfield positions and he would immediately solidify a Phillies lineup that underperformed at the plate for much of 2012.
Hamilton will likely seek a contract in the market of six years, $175 million, and that’s a ridiculous amount of money to pay a 31-year old with injury problems and off-the-field issues. Amaro has never been shy about spending money though, and Hamilton may be his guy.
The Phillies have also expressed serious interest in B.J. Upton, who is a 28-year old center fielder hitting the free agent market have a 28-home run, 31-stolen base season. Other possible candidates for the Phillies include re-signing Shane Victorino or going after a player like Nick Swisher, Torii Hunter, or Cody Ross.
Hamilton would help the Phillies compete with other contenders in the NL East like the Washington Nationals or Atlanta Braves, each of whom qualified for the playoffs in 2012. And if the Phillies don’t get a big-name player like Hamilton, they may be forced to go with platoon players like John Mayberry, Jr., Domonic Brown, or Darin Ruf as starters in 2013.