I would get creative trade graderson for some up and coming prospects add a couple of our prospects and make the trade. Giancarlo would not only make our offense better, but he's so cheap right now that it'll give us so much flexibility to spend elsewhere.
Stanton would be cool but that deal won't happen. It'll be stopgap central this season with free agent pickups. As far as trades go, I wouldn't expect Cashman to suddenly trade the farm for a guy when he has emphasized so much lately of keeping prospects.
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I just don't think we have the pieces to outbid other teams for Stanton.
For those who want Josh Hamilton
Are the same people who complain that Nick Swisher is a streaky player.
Josh Hamilton is more streaky then Nick Swisher
No body noticed Josh Hamilton choke in the playoff run stretch when texas got knocked out of play off contention?
No body noticed that Josh Hamilton is a measly .220 hitter in the play offs? Better then Nick swisher, sure but worth 10 million more a year? Absolutely not.
So the same people who complained about Nick Swisher Sucking in the playoffs, and being a streaky player..will be the same people *****ing about Hamilton when he chokes in the play offs. Or the regular season for that matter.
So if the Yankees do by some Miracle decide to sign that drug addict, I will laugh in everyone's face when they start *****ing it was a horrible signing.
I am not saying we have to bring back Nick Swisher, but I'd rather have Nick Swisher for 4/48, then Josh Hamilton for 4/90.
Last edited by RCSownsU; 11-26-2012 at 07:07 PM.
It seems to me that IF Hamilton is truly one of the game's elite players (which he certainly was in 2010 when he won the AL MVP Award) and worthy of a monster contract even as he enters his age-32 season, then he has to rank as one of the top three or four hitters in the game. I don't believe he is; his on-base skills simply aren't good enough to put him in the same category as Cabrera or Prince Fielder or Joey Votto. His overly aggressive approach at the plate, which caused Nolan Ryan to raise a stink during the season, have been well-documented: No player swung at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone than Hamilton in 2012 -- not Delmon Young or Jeff Francoeur or Alexei Ramirez. Hamilton's bat speed and natural hitting abilities certainly allow him to compensate for this flaw better than those players, but the spike in his strikeout rate from 17.3 percent to 25.5 has to be a major concern.
Factor in his defense -- average at best, and probably more suited to playing left field these days -- and I don't believe Hamilton is one of the top 10 position players in the game, as widely believed by most fans and writers (he finished fifth in the AL MVP vote in 2012). Hamilton is reportedly seeking Prince Fielder money ($200-plus million), which Buster Olney doesn't believe will happen, as he wrote today in handicapping the Hamilton market.