hamilton is a HOF fame talent with a fragile psyche.... he has proved he can be a hollywood story/savior one yr, and a trainwreck the next.
i think in seattle.... the play out for it to be a hollywood story is greater than the latter... the seattle market is tucked away, very mild pressure on players compared to the rest of the league, as well as a safer big city lifestyle.... Seattle is one of the least likeliest places to awaken his deamons.
THe health issue. Texas has had hamilton playing in RF, CF and LF, wherever they need him the most depending on who is pitching and what other OFs are available.... In Seattle you put him in RF next to the best CF in baseball and he will have less strain on his body.... and with all his ups and downs he had this year, his body held up. Good sign.
also, his price tag has gone down, way down, we will still have to pony up but we are getting a bat faaaaar bettter than we've had in a long time. A bat that are young guys can benefit from. THe last 3 years, how much more dangerous has the texas offense been when he is in compared to out? WE NEED THAT KINDA IMPACT!!!!
Guys of his talent (very few), even after they peak are still above average players. At 37, his decline looks something like .270 25 hrs 90 rbi... Ill take that!!! We have been the worse offense 3 yrs in a row, historically bad, and with our pitching (coming up), if there is one team that can overspend on offense, its us!!!
one thing that concerns me he is a true country boy, seattle may be the last city to intrigue him to live in, we have that very contrasting climate to get used to, but his talent is so immense, he could go play in the arctic and be damn good. Besides, we already got ackley, seager and capps as NC boys to bond with.
i am very willing to overlook some of the question marks he showed this year and focus more on the production that we are desperate for.