Report: Orioles to target Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross

Wednesday November 7th, 2012

The Orioles reportedly plan on targeting free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles are currently setting their sights on a left fielder during free agency and plan to target Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, reports

Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans. Hamilton has started more games in left field than center over the past three seasons, and the Orioles have an opening there now that Nate McLouth has become a free agent.

Baltimore also has some interest in free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, the source said. Ross would be a cheaper option than Hamilton and had success in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox this year.

In the past three seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton, 31, has averaged a .952 OPS, 33 home runs and 107 RBI. Hamilton’s asking price reportedly is seven years and $175 million. Ross is seeking a three-year deal worth $25 million after hitting .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs in 130 games with the Red Sox last season.

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