Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tony La Russa: No more than five, six years for Josh Hamilton
Former manager Tony La Russa joined First Take to discuss Josh Hamilton, and what might his future be as he enters free agency after this season:
How do you look at Josh Hamilton as a free agent? Can he be trusted to deliver consistently?
La Russa: The best judges are the team that's had him most recently. Ron Washington ... they watch him every day, and you learn a lot every day watching the ups and downs. ... There are some questions (Hamilton) is going to have to overcome.
"My two cents, for what it's worth, if I'm an executive, whether it's Josh or whether it's Albert (Pujols) last year, I don't know I would risk more than five, six years on anybody. I just think it's one of the dangers in our game when an organization is pushed beyond something -- five or six is a big commitment. When you go longer, I think it's scary and dangerous."