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Josh Hamilton - Can This Mean Something for the Pirates?

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Josh Hamilton is the latest of the Texas Rangers to either flee from Arlington, or who were gently given a nudge out the door from the Rangers Senior Management. Now that the trade has been made, it is a "twofer" for the Angels - they not only got one of the best LH power hitters in the Majors, but they subtracted that LH power hitter from their biggest rival in the AL West. And, due to the fact that the Angels did not tender Torii Hunter, the difference in salaries from what Hunter was making in 2012 as a 37 year old, to what Hamilton will be paid as a guy who will not turn 33 until May 2013. Well played by Arte Moreno, who has now gotten a lot of the PR back from the Dodgers. Can this mean something for the Pirates?
  • Texas is now absent a LH power hitting OF - would they be interested in getting a reasonably priced LH hitting OF who can play 1B, and DH, and hit 25-30 HR's?
  • Now that the Angels have pulled off this "twofer", they are now in great need for pitching - starters and a Closer, unless they want to continue with Ernesto Friere, who has all of 1 year of experience as a Closer. Or, with an extra OF like Trumbo, would they want to add depth in the BP with Joel Hanrahan?
  • While we are in the City of Angels, are the Dodgers satisfied with their Rotation, and their Closer, Jansen Kenley who just had Heart surgery? They picked up Brandon League who had failed at Seattle, but when you add guys like Greinke and the other high priced players, do they want to go into the season with "hopes" or would they want to lock up a fairly inexpensive (for them) Closer who has 76 Saves in the past two years?
  • Now that Texas has been brought back to the pack, will Seattle think this is the time to add a LH power hitting OF and a proven Closer.
  • Between Seattle, San Fran, and the two LA teams, the left coast has stolen the action from the Red Sox, Yankees, and Philly.

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