Josh Hamilton Rumors: Could Phillies Surprise and Sign Slugger?

One prominent agent said the Philadelphia Phillies could “surprise everyone” and sign free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton this offseason, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

A scout expressed similar sentiments to Crasnick, who added that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has a reputation for “liking the big splash.”

While the Phillies have reportedly been targeting center fielders early this offseason, they could be in the market for multiple outfielders. The team traded veteran outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino last summer.

The market for Hamilton continues to be hazy at best, so speculation such as this figures to be ongoing until it becomes clearer which teams will actually pursue the slugger. He’s reportedly seeking a seven-year, $175 million contract, which could certainly limit his number of suitors.

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