Chorus rising against O's, Hamilton

Chorus rising against O's, Hamilton
November 11, 2012, 2:00 am
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Add another voice to those who don’t believe Josh Hamilton fits as an Oriole.

Brittany Ghiroli, who covers the Orioles for mlb.com, wrote of the free-agent Rangers slugger: “Hamilton will be 32 in March, and he struggled offensively and defensively down the stretch this past season, garnering boos from Rangers fans. Although he's clearly a special talent, there's really no telling how his past personal struggles and history of injury will play out over the course of a multiyear deal, and the O's just don't have the kind of payroll flexibility to take on that large of a financial risk.”

But there is a free-agent pitcher whom Ghiroli sees as a possible match for the Orioles — Edwin Jackson. After a season with the Nationals, Jackson is back on the market.

“I liked Edwin Jackson as a possible fit last season. … The 29-year-old is not an ace, but he has electric stuff and is a workhorse, hovering around the 200-inning mark in three of his past four seasons.”

Jackson had said he wanted to return to the Nationals, but they apparently aren’t interested in signing him to the multiyear deal he wants. Jackson had a mediocre second half of the season, going 4-5 with a 4.78 ERA.