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Your Friday Josh Hamilton to the Phillies Update

Nov 9, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

As we said last time we wrote about one baseball person picking the Phillies as a landing spot for the top free agent slugger on the market, Josh Hamilton, we don’t think it’s likely. But it is fun to talk about.

Today, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal weighs in, noting that Ruben Amaro Jr. does love to make a splash, but also that David Montgomery isn’t a big fan of questionable character guys.

Hamilton would appear to be a stretch, both from a financial and
baseball perspective. But two industry sources say the Phillies are
quietly checking on him. While their background work might only be due
diligence, Amaro loves to make a splash, loves to surprise.


The final word: Phillies general partner David
Montgomery is probably too image-conscious to seriously consider
Hamilton, and the team already has $135.6 million committed for next
season, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Oh yeah, and the thing about him being really damn expensive too.

Rosenthal also says that, as we wrote earlier today, B.J. Upton could be a better fit. We agree.

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