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Predictions: Where Hamilton ends up

11/28/2012

I asked the SweetSpot blog network to make predictions on where Josh Hamilton ends up. As an indication of how unpredictable the Hamilton market is, there were 11 different destinations -- including two bloggers who predicted Tampa Bay, Hamilton's original organization and where he still lives in the offseason.

Nobody predicted a Prince Fielder/Albert Pujols-level $200 million contract. Several predicted, however, that the market would essentially bottom out.

Rangers: 7 years, $160 million

Rangers: 6 years, $120 million

Rangers: 5 years, $100 million

Rangers: 4 years, $100 million

Orioles: 6 years, $160 million

Mariners: 5 years, $130 million

Mariners: 5 years, $115 million

Red Sox: 5 years, $135 million

Red Sox: 5 years, $120 million (with sixth-year vesting option)

Rays: 2 years, $30 million

Rays: 1 year, $25 million

Phillies: 5 years, $125 million

Brewers: 4 years, $108 million (with fifth-year option)

Brewers: 4 years, $100 million (with $25 million vesting option)

Brewers: 4 years, $85 million (plus fifth-year option)

White Sox: 5 years, $125 million

White Sox: 4 years, $81.25 million

Yankees: 3 years, $48 million

Angels: 6 years, $177 million (plus $23 million option)

Nationals: 4 years, $95 million