Josh Hamilton is likely to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market this winter. The Red Sox are the latest team to enter speculations of interest in the All-Star outfielder. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
A number of teams are speculated to be after free agent Josh Hamilton, and the Red Sox are the latest to enter discussions, according to a report from CBS Sports:
"Boston wants to do something big and it wouldn't shock me if they became players for Josh Hamilton," one competing GM said.
Boston needs two outfielders, and it was originally thought they would go after multiple medium-priced players rather than one superstar. But with Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett gone, the team has a lot of money. Other free agents they are reportedly interested in include Michael Bourn, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and their own Cody Ross.
Owner John Henry said, "We have a lot of flexibility," and when asked about his intentions for the winter, Henry simply replied, "Improve the team."
The Braves, Mariners, Brewers and Orioles are also seen as suitors for Hamilton.
Hamilton hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs last season with the Rangers.