Reports have surfaced from WIP’s Anthony Gargano that the Phillies have offered OF Josh Hamilton a 3 year deal worth $80 million. That would make him the highest paid player per season in the history of baseball. It is WELL worth it. Josh Hamilton is a premier player in the MLB and he has put up staggering numbers in the last few years. Adding him to a lineup that includes Ryan Howard would be lethal for opposing pitchers. There is not much risk in this contract, as it is only 3 years. Hamilton will be good for AT LEAST two more years, and he would prolong the current Phillies chances to win another World Series with this core of players.
Let’s take a look at what the projected lineup would be with Hamilton. Keep in mind, I am removing Jimmy Rollins from the leadoff spot because you HAVE to do that with this many lefties.
1. Ben Revere
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Josh Hamilton
6. Jimmy Rollins
8. Carlos Ruiz
This creates a huge problem for any pitcher facing the Phillies. Pitch around Utley? You get Howard. Pitch around Howard? You get Hamilton. You simply can not pitch around that many guys and expect to succeed as a pitcher. This also creates an above average platoon in Dom Brown and Darin Ruf, as each can bring his own set of skills to the lineup. It also relies less on them to have breakout seasons.
The biggest thing Hamilton can add to this team (other than the perennial .290-35-110 line) is the protection of Ryan Howard. If Ryan Howard has protection like Hamilton, we can expect him to return to the 40 HR, 120 RBI hitter that he is being paid like. In baseball, one guy can add a tremendous amount to a lineup. It makes everyone else better, and as mentioned above, it offers protection to guys who would not have had it originally.
Trust me. As a Phillies fan, you WANT Josh Hamilton. He offers everything you need for a corner outfielder. Not many people realize he is also an above average fielder. With Revere in center, it makes Hamilton’s job a lot easier, which makes him look a lot better.
Just think about it…”That retires the side for the Mets here in the 7th, with the score tied and the heart of the Phillies order coming to bat.” Then as the camera fades into commercial you realize something. Utley, Howard, and Hamilton are the heart of the order.Tags: Chase Utley, Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard