O's in rumor spotlight -- for Hamilton?

O's in rumor spotlight -- for Hamilton?
November 8, 2012, 1:30 am
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Our Rich Dubroff doesn’t see free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton as a fit with the Orioles because Hamilton would be too pricey for the O’s. It’s hard to argue with that logic.

However, Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi is reporting that the Orioles are indeed in the mix for Hamilton. Citing “a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans,” Morosi writes that Hamilton is on the club’s “list of targets for left field.”

Hamilton reportedly could command a seven-year contract for $175 million. He’s put up outstanding numbers for the Rangers, but he has a history of addiction problems and has spent time on the disabled list in just about every one of his big-league seasons.

No, that doesn’t sound like Orioles material.

Also contained in Morosi’s report is someone who sounds like a more likely target — the Red Sox’s Cody Ross. He’d be a much more reasonably priced alternative as a left fielder to replace Nate McLouth. Ross had a decent season with Boston — .267, 22 home runs and 81 RBIs. Ross also would be staying in the American League East.