And with that we return to Hamilton (not to accuse him of PEDs, though it’s always fair to harbor some suspicion). Josh Hamilton is older than any of those guys when they signed their deals. I’d give you the names of players who signed seven-figure deals in their 30s and were worth the money, but it has never happened. This isn’t an anti-Hamilton stance, I’d be shocked if he isn’t an MVP candidate the next couple of years, but his contract eventually will be an albatross for the team that signs him.
There may come a time in this offseason where the fans around here get a little impatient. Cherington and the Sox cannot give in to that, cannot give in to the temptation of what Hamilton could do for this lineup next year and the year after that. Don’t think about NESN ratings and ticket sales and merchandise. None of that will help when Josh Hamilton is being paid $22 million in 2017 after playing 96 games with a .768 OPS in 2016.
Put it another way: The Red Sox can’t put themselves in the position they were in last year, because what happened with the Dodgers will never happen again. Hamilton is the next test, and one that comes with an answer. We already know how it will end. What’s past is prologue and all that stuff. Josh Hamilton would be a long-term mistake, and Cherington knows it.
We’re about to find out if Ben Cherington, fiscal disciplinarian is fact or fiction. If you’re a Sox fan, hope that Hamilton doesn’t sign in Boston, because if he does it will show that the organization learned nothing over the last couple of years. And that’s twice as terrifying as the thought of Hamilton in pinstripes.
Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM | 64 comment(s)
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