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Heyman: The Dodgers were in on Hamilton


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The article makes it clear that they never intended to actually keep him. 

 

"The cash-rich Dodgers' main intention apparently was to pay some money while gathering prospects, not add Hamilton to their talented and crowded outfield mix; so even if a straight deal worked, presumably Hamilton would have gone to the Rangers eventually, anyway.

 

It seems that the Dodgers were mainly trying to interject themselves into the ongoing trade talks and appear to have had no real intention of ultimately keeping Hamilton. The Dodgers have had an outfield glut for more than a year now (though that's less the case with Matt Kemp gone), and in any case there's no reason to realistically think Hamilton would be any happier 45 miles north of Anaheim, where the Angels play."

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That would have actually been a smart move by them.

It's the kind of thing Billy Beane has been doing for years.

You essentially buy prospects.

 

Dodgers send Angels $7m (or whatever) to the Angels for Hamilton.

Then trade Hamilton to some club with an abundance of youth for prospects.

Smart.

 

Beane does it all the time (or used to).

Sign a guy for 1 year, trade him at the deadline for prospects.

Or he used to just let him walk and get the draft pick, but can't do that anymore.

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The whole problem with this is that Hamilton would just veto a Dodger trade.  It comes down to whatever Josh wants.

 

Hamilton held the hammer of the no trade clause and he was well aware of it. There was only one place where he was going, and the only question was whether it would be a trade or outright release.

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