Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans.
Baltimore has an opening in left field, as Nate McLouth became a free agent at the end of the season. Some expected the Birds to spend less to fill the vacancy, perhaps re-signing McLouth and platooning him with Nolan Reimold, who was the team’s Opening Day left fielder.
However, it appears the Orioles may look to a higher profile signing for their next left fielder. Baltimore is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $175 million contract, and Baltimore won’t likely get involved if the slugger’s market reaches that point. However, some believe Hamilton could be forced to settle on a deal for as little as three years, a price point where the Orioles could become more involved.
Ross will be less expensive, as he’s expected to receive a contract in the three-year, $27 million range. The 31-year-old proved he could play successfully as a regular in the American League East last season with the Boston Red Sox.