The Baltimore Orioles aren’t content with being one of baseball’s most surprising stories of 2012. This winter, they plan to pursue the biggest free agent hitter: Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans…
Baltimore also has some interest in free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, the source said.
The biggest hitter on the market this winter, the 31-year-old Hamilton is reportedly seeking a contract in range of seven years and $175 million. The Orioles could have serious issues being a viable bidder for Hamilton if his price tag does indeed run that high. The Orioles had a payroll of $85 million in 2012 and already have nearly $55 million squared away for next year before arbitration.
Ross, also 31, is looking for something in the much more manageable range of a three-year, $25 million deal after putting together a solid season in the outfield for the Red Sox.