OK, so I actually heard this idea on the radio this morning. The hosts on the Fan (not always the best and brightest of baseball analysts) nearly laughed the guy off the air. At the same time, it kinda got me thinking. Josh Hamilton does not have a contract past this season. He wants one. The Rangers seem hesitant to commit to him long term. This is crazy, right? I mean Hamilton is arguably the most talented player on the planet. He has an MVP. He hit four HRs in a game last night (I know this isn't always a mark of greatness). He currently leads the league in pretty much every offensive category that people have created an abbreviation for.
Still, it's not hard to figure out where Texas is coming from. Hamilton is injury prone. He hasn't played more than 133 games for them since his first year in Texas in 2008. He has his personal demons that will always be with him no matter how long he stays on the wagon. He's also about to turn 31 so he's not a young guy.
This brings me to my question. If nobody in baseball is willing to offer Hamilton a deal longer than (just for example) three years. What are your thoughts on potentially offering Hamilton the long term deal that he wants but every GM in baseball is rightfully terrified to give him. The risks of signing Hamilton to a long term deal are obvious. Still, what if he were willing to take a discount in exchange for extra years? What would be your thoughts about giving Hamilton a 7-year $100M deal (or something to that effect)? Obviously, if somebody else is willing to give him a long term deal, that's a moot point. If he still wants $25M+ per year it doesn't do us much good either. Still, I can't help but think that it would be pretty interesting if the team had a chance to land the best player in the game (again, arguably) for pennies on the dollar by offering him a very risky long-term deal.
For what it's worth, I don't think I'd do it. I love Josh Hamilton. I've followed him pretty closely since he was a drug-free minor leaguer. He's my favorite current non-Pirate. Still, I think that the bust potential on that deal would just be through the roof and the Pirates aren't in a position where they can gamble with 9-figure contracts. I was just curious about the other opinions on the board...