Other clubs are convinced that deal effectively removed the Dodgers as major players in this winter's free-agent market. So Hamilton can scratch L.A. off his list of potential destinations. And the Red Sox, even with the gazillions of dollars in payroll space they've freed up, figure to be more cautious about their next nine-figure free agent than you might expect.
So who does that leave? The Yankees? Their next monster deal will go to Robinson Cano. The Phillies? They're out of the $20-million-a-year market for now. The Angels? Overloaded in outfielders already. The Mets? 'Fraid not.
"So it's going to be a fascinating market for him, because of his history," one American League executive said of Hamilton. "Any player who can have the impact on a game he can have, you'd love to add. But on a nine-figure deal I wouldn't say he's a slam dunk to make a team happy for the next seven years. To be honest, it wouldn't surprise me to see a mid-market team come out of the woodwork and step up and pay him, kind of like the way the Reds did with Joey Votto. As we always say, all you need is one team."
But who is that team? The Brewers? Orioles? Blue Jays? Maybe. Stay tuned.