An ineffective guy making $25M per could really hurt this team.
WTF kind of question is that? Josh Hamilton is going to become Figgins? For ****s sake he's a 31 year old freak athlete with elite power. By that logic the Mariners should just bend over let every other team **** them in the *** in free agency every year. If he flops they eat some of the deal and deal him like every other aging overpriced veteran. The Angles traded for Vernon Wells. It's not the end of the world. The Mariners have enough money to make a mistake, but odds are that he's going to have some very good seasons over the next 5 years and that he'd be a giant relief of pressure for the entire young roster. I also think his presence would snowball into other positives such as increased attendance, increased interest from other free agents, happy Felix, etc. 5 years will be up and Prince and Pujols will still have a ton of years left at higher prices. 5 years of Hamilton is a damn steal.
I don't like making predictions or over analyzing risks, the truth is all players have risks.
Angels gave pujols 240m as a 31yr old (questuonable) 1b... Tigers gave prince 214m and hes pushing 300 lbs (what other player is built like him), his dad had a sharp decline and he has no defensive value or on bases.
I think it's a blessing teams devalue Hamilton for his past, ever since he came back from his suspension he has been nothing but an absolute stud, this is not a doc gooden or strawberry case.
Bottom line we have good young offensive players that need a proven presence we have great pitching with top prospects on the way, we need a proven MOTO bat and even with all the risks that's exactly what Hamilton is.
Brodie, why are you ignoring every single expert and pretending Hamilton comes with no risk?
If we can't trade Figgins and his measly contract, why would we be able to trade Hamilton?
I'm all for Hamilton. I'm just not comfortable giving him anything more than five years and I don't see him getting that or less. Sure, he comes with risk but the way the market has been the last few seasons with the absurd Fielder and Pujols signings, five years doesn't seem its gonna happen.
and you know what I mean about becoming Figgins.
I guess I have just one question. Do you think he'll get 5 years or less?
If he does, I'm ok with it. But I don't get the feeling that 5 will get it done. If I were Hamilton, I definitely wouldn't take five years when I saw Fielder and Pujols get ten.
I also think it could inhibit us from getting another bat too. We can go get Swisher and Gordon/Meyers. I just think getting Hamilton and one of them is a little "too good to be true", or at least too much to be true.