The Yankees aren’t going to sign Josh Hamilton

I don’t why I even feel like this is worthy of passing along, but in his BP post this morning John Perrotto, while otherwise noting how much of the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes is a mystery, passes along one very definitive remark:

Where it winds up going is anyone’s guess, but the continued talk that the Yankees are going to jump into the bidding is way off the mark. Few people to seem to believe it, but the Yankees are dead set against committing big dollars to any free agents beyond next season because they plan to get under the $189-million luxury tax threshold in 2014.

I’m not really sure where the chatter about the Yankees swooping in and snatching Hamilton got its start, but it’s never really struck me as anything more than an attempt by reporters to inject some excitement into an otherwise dull hot stove season in which the Yankees are pledging, basically, to do next to nothing that’s going to light up the back pages. Alas, Hamilton is sort of the ultimate square peg for this time, as he clearly doesn’t fit into Plan 189 and, with the imminent return of Ichiro Suzuki, they don’t even have an opening in the starting lineup for him.

And, with that, I think we’ve sussed out what’s going on. The local media has been implying there’s much more meaning to some pretty bland winter facts like the Yankees listening to trade offers and Robinson Cano being open about wanting to get top dollar when his contract runs out for weeks, and I suppose this is the other side of it. But while trading Granderson, signing Hamilton, and then letting Cano walk sounds like a surprisingly preferable plan of action to me, there hasn’t been any actual indication that any aspect of it is under serious consideration, or that there’s anything more than an attempt to goose reader interest in a heavily saturated market going on.

About Brien Jackson

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.

11 thoughts on “The Yankees aren’t going to sign Josh Hamilton

  1. I don't see any way to get Hamilton without losing Cano and that makes no sense. Outfielders who hit are a lot easier to find than a 2b who can hit 30hrs a season and hit around 100 rbi's. Quick, name the last 2b not named Cano in the modern era to put up the following 4 years in a row: +.300/25HR/+180 hits? Answer: No one. Jeff Kent, Robbie Alomar, Soriano, none of them did that. Not even close. His numbers are silly in comparison to other 2b over a 4-5 year span. Hamilton is great, but his production is actually pretty close to Grandy over the last few years if you look at HR/RBI/OPB and Grandy is a lot cheaper. And sober.

  2. The thing is that you can get Hamilton for a 4 yr deal at 20-25 mil a season instead of Cano at 8-10 yr deal

  3. "…trading Granderson, signing Hamilton, and then letting Cano walk sounds like a surprisingly preferable plan of action to me…"

    Me too, sir. Me too. I would LOVE that scenario. We'd be better AND cheaper.

    I don't suppose you have Brian C's number?

  4. @jay_robinson you must not know baseball if you really meant what u said. how would adding Hamilton and taking away granderson and cano possible make the team better? cheaper, better move for the future? certainty. better right now no shot. although I do agree with letting cano walk at the end of the year…they've gotten burned once, and it's kills me cause nobody swags as hard as him as he's literally the man, but he's not worth 250 mil

  5. I hope the Yankees have a plan for Cano. Making him walk for a draft choice is not a good option. So if you know you will refuse 25M/8YR then start thinking of a trade.