Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com reported Monday that a respected baseball source informed him the New York Yankees will not consider pursuing Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers when the slugger becomes a free agent next winter.
“No way,” the source told Wallace (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/28118/first-pitch-hamilton-for-the-yankees-2013-outfield). “He’s not the type of player the Yankees are looking for these days. Not worth the risk.”
Since overcoming serious substance abuse problems, Hamilton, has flourished on the diamond to become a four-time All-Star and the winner of the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player award.
Unfortunately, the first overall selection in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays admitted he relapsed and boozed in early-February.
Hamilton, 30, who publicly apologized for his regression, is something of a liability whose “demons are still tormenting him.”
Nick Swisher, 31, a switch-hitting 2010 All-Star who helped the Bombers win the 2009 World Series, currently plays right field and first base in the Bronx.
The popular Swisher, who reportedly arrived at camp muscled and fit, will also become a free agent after this upcoming season.
Provided he has a solid 2012 campaign and remains healthy, Swisher is absolutely a viable option to return to the Yankees.
However, if the former Ohio State Buckeye struggles or suffers an injury this year, there will inevitably be other quality ballplayers for the Bombers to lure to East 161st Street and River Avenue next spring.
Sadly, regardless of how Swisher pans out, Josh Hamilton is “not worth the risk.”
For the betterment of his personal and professional life, Hamilton should continue being the “King of the hill, Top of the list” in The Lone Star State.