Who will get Josh Hamilton?

Updated: September 17, 2012, 12:39 PM ET
By Buster Olney

A general manager preparing for the offseason recently asked others in his organization what they thought of Josh Hamilton, and of course, the response was nothing but raves for Hamilton as a player. They talked about the damage he can do at the plate, his ability to carry a team, his ridiculous strength. Hamilton leads the majors with 42 homers and 123 RBIs, and it's within the realm of possibility that he'll finish the year with 50 homers and 140 RBIs.

But Hamilton's ability as a hitter is almost a given, so the next question the GM asked might be the more important one, and maybe even the most-asked question of the offseason:

How many years in a contract would you give Hamilton?