Hamilton's a great player, but this year had too many peaks and valleys and unfortunately one of his most gaping valleys came leading to the playoffs and the wild card single elimination game against the O's. He has a world of ability but had drug and alcohol problems that almost destroyed his career....and a couple of alcohol related relapses including earlier in the year for Texas. Don't see him going to a big media market where his flaws will be regular fodder in case he gets off to a slow start.... Texas may be big market size but he's definitely more suited for there than Boston, Philly(God Philly fans tore up Mike Schmidt.....they'd chew Josh up and spit him out)! Boston....all the pressure would be on him now. The Chicago Cubs? Ditto the Boston pressure thing. Maybe the Giants get serious and add help for Buster Posey? West Coast would be laid back exception for him.... it will sure be interesting where he lands. While the specter of huge money/huge bust is often true there are enough exceptions, like Prince Fielder in Detroit and after a slow start Albert Pujols(though a ten year contract for Pujols who may really be 34,not 32 is playing with nuclear fuel). But it is something teams have to take into consideration...look at the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez. Had the opportunity to add immense flexibility by letting him go after he opted out a few years back and signed him for an insane 10 years at nearly the same money proportionally to his old contract. Now he's hitting in the .270's, getting injured and not even hit 20 homers and 80 RBI. And he's got FIVE more years left to go...and with his steroid past problems even should he pass Barry Bonds home run "record" WHO will give a damn?
On a happier Yanks note,CC Sabathia was a bit shaky early but then got tough and did a great job going within one out of a complete game 7-2 victory for the Yanks allowing eight hits and two early runs. After a bit of an up and down season his last season start was strong and he was equal to the task tonight doing what an ace does. Russell Martin led off the ninth with a solo home run and the floodgates opened as the Yanks scored five times roughing up the O's All Star closer Jim Johnson.