The Milwaukee Brewers have confirmed that they are still interested in Josh Hamilton and appear highly eager to sign the slugger as long as the cost falls their way.
Assistant general manager Gord Ash assured fans on the Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan that the Brewers are still very interested in Hamilton. Ash said Milwaukee and Hamilton’s agent have been in talks and even held a meeting together at the general manager meetings last month. Of course, at the time GM Doug Melvin denied any sort of talks.
Apparently, the fact that Brewers hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was Hamilton’s life coach on the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers, is a member of the Milwaukee organization has certainly “appealed” to Hamilton.
“Johnny is very talented and has helped me tremendously, both personally and professionally,” Hamilton said last November after Narron decided to pursue a job with the Brewers.
“We will stay in touch, and I wish him great success with the Brewers.”
Many people believe Milwaukee would not be willing to spend the big bucks on Hamilton because of his history of drug and alcohol abuse. However, that does not seem to bother the organization, while the total dollar amount of the contract certainly does.
“No concern in that area,” Ash said. “He seems committed to what he wants to do. This is strictly a dollar and cents issue for us.”
If the Brewers had the money that most big market teams have to spend, then Hamilton would not think twice about signing with Milwaukee. The fact that the Narron brothers, who were neighbors of Hamilton growing up, are coaches on the team is a huge plus for him. Not to mention, to hit in the same lineup as Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the No.1 ranked offense in the National League is certainly intriguing. The truth is the Brewers have the potential to be serious contenders in 2013 if the team can correct the bullpen mistakes and major injuries do not become a factor.
Hamilton is expected to get a monster contract but if Milwaukee can come within striking distance of some of the other offers, the 31-year-old slugger may take a slight discount to play where he is comfortable. Not to mention, the Brewers could offer him the years that other teams are simply not willing to do because they know Hamilton will stay in line in Milwaukee.
The Rangers are still big on Hamilton but if they can sign starter Zack Greinke then there will be no money left for the outfielder.
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