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RadioBDC: Why not Josh Hamilton?

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  March 4, 2013 05:07 PM

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My short answer: Nope, though I understand where Nick Cafardo was coming from in his Sunday piece. The Red Sox do have a lack of star power by their usual standards in the heart of their order, and the best of Josh Hamilton would be fun to watch.

My long answer: Hamilton turns 32 in May, has played more than 133 games once in the past four years, hit .259 with an .833 OPS in the second half last season, struck out a career-high 162 times, missed three full seasons while battling substance abuse issues in the minors, and had a brief alcohol relapse just last February. He's a wonderful talent and seems to have his life together, but after the Dodgers rescued the Red Sox from the Carl Crawford contract, I don't think it would be good karma or business to turn around and commit five years and $125 million to a player with as much baggage as Hamilton has.

We discussed Nick's column and much more on this week's RadioBDC Red Sox segment with host Adam 12 and Steve Silva. Check it out if you will.

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