Yankees, Dodgers, Orioles ‘Teams to Watch’ in Josh Hamilton Sweepstakes

The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers are all considered “teams to watch” in the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Teams to keep your eye on include the Yankees, Dodgers (if they trade Andre Ethier), Mariners, Orioles, and Brewers.

We have already heard mention of the Mariners, Orioles and Brewers having potential interest in Hamilton, while the Yankees and Dodgers are newcomers to the conversation.

New York has a need in the outfield given Nick Swisher isn’t expected to re-sign with the team. However, many question whether or not the Yankees will be able to make the type of commitment Hamilton figures to require given their desire to remain below the luxury tax in future years.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers do not have a clear need for Hamilton at this point. Cafardo agrees with this, noting the team will only become interested in the free agent slugger if they trade outfielder Andre Ethier. Los Angeles doesn’t appear to be actively shopping Ethier, but there have been reports that he’s available even after signing his lucrative contract extension with the club last season.

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