This one may never get entirely resolved, but for what it’s worth, Josh Hamilton went on the syndicated radio and TV program The Dan Patrick Show on Friday and gave an interview in which he was asked about the process that led to his signing a five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Towards the 10-minute, 30-second mark, he was asked by Patrick whether the Mariners had made “a strong play” for him.
“No, not really,” Hamilton said. “I mean, they were just like some other teams. You hear about Seattle but other teams, you didn’t hear about.”
Hamilton declined to name the others he ranked alongside Seattle, though, when pushed by Patrick, he agreed the Yankees were one suitor. Ultimately, he said, he had no idea where he was going to end up right up until the Angels delivered the deal.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik went on Sports Radio KJR this week and told host Mitch Levy that the team had been a serious player for Hamilton right up to the end.
“We went at him full bore and we put a very nice offer on the table,” Zduriencik told Levy.
The Mariners had initially offered Hamilton four years, $100 million guaranteed, with two non-guaranteed vesting options for $25 million apiece in 2017 and 2018, though these figures weren’t mentioned in the radio interview.
Zduriencik told radio host Levy that Hamilton’s agent phoned last week and asked whether the Mariners were willing to go one year more than the winning bid wound up being — in other words, a six-year offer to trump that of the 89-win Angels. When Zduriencik — who didn’t know it was the Angels he was bidding against — said he didn’t think six years was possible, Hamilton took the Angels’ offer.More