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4.5 Percent of Baseball People Surveyed Believe Josh Hamilton Will Sign with Phillies

Nov 5, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

4.5% or one of the twenty-two baseball people surveyed by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick believes Josh Hamilton will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason because:

“The Phillies landed a vote from a scout who observed that GM Ruben Amaro
Jr. ‘likes to pull off big deals, and they need outfield help.’”

Both true! But with the rumored starting number being 7 years and $175 million, I think we’d all be shocked if it actually happened. Who wants to be shocked?

Also perhaps relevant to Phillies fans is who the same baseball execs would choose, B.J. Upton or Michael Bourn to sign this offseason. Bourn wins 14-7, but one NL guy likes the Upton brother.

“I would take Upton,” an NL scout said. “I just think some stuff is
still untapped there, even thought he can look terrible at the plate at
times. Bourn is a great guy who does a good job in center field, but
he’s not a very good hitter for me. Upton could be a 30-[homer],
50-[steal] guy. If he figures it out, he’ll be a scout’s dream.”

There are also some thoughts on A-Rod getting traded as well. Overwhelmingly they all think he stays in the Bronx. Check it all here.