It began with a prediction, now there’s a source.
Baseball writers have been linking the Baltimore Orioles to Josh Hamilton throughout most of this young offseason, but now Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports thinks there’s actually something to the speculation.
“This winter, they plan to pursue the biggest free agent hitter: Josh Hamilton,” Morosi writes.
He speculates that with Nate McLouth on the free agent market, the O’s will look to plug Hamilton in left field. Sorry, Nolan Reimold fans.
Statistically, the 31-year-old Hamilton is top position player available on the open market. Over the past three years with the Texas Rangers, he has averaged a .952 OPS, 33 home runs and 107 RBI. But questions persist about his long-term durability, given his injury history and struggles with addiction. In the past, Orioles owner Peter Angelos has emphasized the importance of clean medical records and personal conduct before acquiring players.
Morosi adds that Cody Ross is also on their list this offseason. He wouldn’t cost them $175 million like Hamilton would, but also won’t put up the same sort of offensive numbers.