Someone from the Yankees checked out Josh Hamilton

This is just a very, very strange report from Bob Nightengale:

I say it’s strange because, well, why is someone other than the GM doing this? After all, yesterday the story was that Cashman lacked the authority to make any offers at the Winter Meetings because ownership was already clamping down on their payroll spending, and now today someone other than Cashman (so presumably someone above Cashman’s head) is running a background check on the top position player on the free agent market? Talk about night and day.

Of course, checking up on someone isn’t the same thing as being all that interested in signing him, and I would still put the odds that Hamilton lands with the Yankees at somewhere between slim and none. Then again, there is a distinctly similar feel to the way the Mark Teixeira signing went down: a middle of the order bat the Yankees could certainly use just sitting in limbo on the free agent market, with no one seemingly making a particularly strong push to sign him. That gave the Yankees the chance to come in and swoop up Tex, and I suppose the Yankees could do the same thing here with Hamilton. Conversely, if no one is enthusiastic about giving Hamilton the 4-5 year deal he wants right now, maybe the Yankees ar just seeing if he can be had on a shorter term contract.

Either way, the picture we’re getting of the team’s front office right now is really the most interesting thing going in Yankeedom. Unless it’s all a Hot Stove smoke screen, it would appear from here that Cashman has less authority now than he has in recent years.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

9 thoughts on “Someone from the Yankees checked out Josh Hamilton

  1. pc3244

    yea the last big decision the fo made and overruled cashman was resigning arod, that turned out real good didn't it.

    • Vengeance74

      Actually,that last big decision he was overruled on was Soriano,how did that turn out again?

  2. Mike

    Oh no not Randy Levine again

  3. jay_robertson

    this would make sense in a Randy Levine world – lose Martin, Swisher, Soriano, put all the money together in ONE SUPERSTAR.

    And, I guess, just hope Hamilton will score enough runs to make up for the ones Cervelli gives up.

  4. Seth E.

    Also interesting that they would want another lefty hitter, weren't they recently complaining about not wanting an all Left handed hitting outfield? This seems illogical.

  5. Sherm

    Maybe they are thinking that he will be a cheaper signing this year than Cano will be next year. They can afford him for 2014 if they let Cano walk.

  6. Allen

    Or maybe he's got no market and someone is trying to scare Texas into moving on him.

  7. Dmitry Choklin

    I have a question, how does insurance in baseball work? Can the Yanks sign Hamilton and get him an insurance policy against missing games with injury? I also read insurance will pick up part of Arods contract for next year. Can somebody explain this??

    • Todd

      Not a lot of information in it, but this old article gives brief summary of how insurance works.
      http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2

      I would imagine with Hamilton's history premiums would be higher than average though.

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