Winter Meetings 2012: Baltimore Orioles Are Officially Out on Josh Hamilton

By gilgerard
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That didn’t last long. Even though the Baltimore Orioles were reportedly very interested in slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton, they have officially taken themselves out of the running. I would imagine it’s because of the years Hamilton wanted and not about the overall dollars. Hamilton has had well-known issues and it’s hard for a team to turn around and give him six tonine years when his body has broken down a little bit already.

With that being said, I love what the Orioles are doing. They’re saying “hey, we were a postseason team last year, let’s get better and see if we can win a World Series.” Even though Hamilton didn’t work out, they’re going to continue looking for ways to get better and add bats that can produce runs. This is a team that won 93 games in 2012 and are a couple of pieces away from being long term serious contenders. The Orioles have been rumored around most of the big name free agents, so you have to like they are at least attempting to improve.

We’ll see what they do for the rest of the off-season, but I fully expect the Baltimore Orioles to make some moves offensively this week.

We’ll continue to update you on all things happening at the Winter Meetings.

Gil Gerard is an MLB Columnist at Rant Sports. Keep checking in at the Rant Sports MLB page for any and all updates on the Winter Meetings this week. Follow Rant Sports on Twitter and check out the Facebook page for updates on all sports.

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