The Winter Meetings are a couple days in now, and the Yankees are still quiet. They are speaking with players like Cody Ross and Kevin Youkilis, but there have been few mentions of the Yankees looking for a big name. Of course, this is in large part to trying to trim the payroll to $189 million dollars. However, the Yankees are lacking in a few areas and need to sign players they can depend on.
Realistically, Josh Hamilton is not who many would think of when they hear dependable. However, a player of his caliber is too rare to pass on, especially when he comes at a major discount for his previous actions. He is not a poor teammate like Milton Bradley. Actually. he has a substance abuse issue that has gone relatively well for the last few seasons. Even with Hamilton’s slump from quitting caffine last season, he hit 43 home runs and 128 RBIs. The Yankees usually have players that hit .230 for those kinds of stats. However, Hamilton hit a relatively robust .285.