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December 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Radio comments by Josh Hamilton on whether Mariners made strong play for him: ‘No, not really’

Josh Hamilton went on The Dan Patrick Show and said Seattle was “not really” pushing harder than other teams to land him prior to his signing with the Angels. Photo Credit: AP

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.


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December 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Analysis of Mariners offer to Josh Hamilton: outbid by $25 million

The Mariners offered $25 million less in guaranteed money to free agent Josh Hamilton than did the winning Angels bid. Photo Credit: AP

I’ve had the weekend to mull over the reaction locally to news the Mariners offered free agent slugger Josh Hamilton a four-year, $100 million contract with two vesting option years worth $25 million apiece.

As we now know, the Los Angeles Angels offered Hamilton five years, $125 million and got the hitter they were after.

So, my analysis of the situation? The Mariners were outbid by $25 million. Plain and simple.

As for the rest of the talk that went on throughout the weekend, about whether the deal was “competitive” in the sense that the Mariners really believed they had a shot at Hamilton, that’s more about spin and PR and all else. I mean, $25 million is a whole lot of money and whenever a winning team on the field can outbid a losing one by a 25 percent margin in the eight-figure dollar realm, that club will usually take home the free agent 100 times out of 100.

Was the Mariners’ bid truly competitive? Or merely designed to look competitive in order to serve the PR purposes of the damage-control leaks that came out about the offer on Friday morning?

I’ll admit that my standards for true competitiveness may be higher than that of some other analysts out there, but if I was going to make Hamilton an offer I hoped would actually win his services, my bid would have been for more than four years.

Here is why.


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December 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Josh Hamilton agrees to reported 5-year, $125 million deal with the Angels

Josh Hamilton will be smiling a little more today after agreeing to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels for a reported five years, $125 million. Photo Credit: AP

Take another one off the board for the Mariners, with the Los Angeles Angels showing Josh Hamilton the money to the tune of a reported five years, $125 million.

The deal with Hamilton comes one week after the conclusion of the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, in which the Mariners engaged with talks with the slugger’s camp but were unable to complete anything. There had been talk of Seattle discussing a series of three-year deals with Hamilton, and the Mariners were said to be ready to move quickly if the Texas Rangers fell out of the running.

But the Angels just blew everybody out of the water with this.


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December 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Josh Hamilton reportedly close to a deal…with the Angels

Josh Hamilton is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Photo Credit: AP

Prepare to go into total fanbase meltdown mode in a bit as multiple reports have surfaced that the Los Angeles Angels are on the verge of a deal that would put Josh Hamilton in a Halos uniform.

The fun began with this tweet not too long ago.

The good news, I suppose, is that the loss of Hamilton would weaken a 93-win Texas Rangers squad.

The bad news is what it would mean for an 89-win Angels team. Remember, the Mariners likely have to overtake at least one of those teams at some point to have a hope at even a second wild-card spot.

As usual, don’t worry about the money. The Angels would be paying for this on the strength of that $3-billion regional sports network deal that enabled them to pick up Albert Pujols last year.


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