Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
And as much as I love Hamilton, I'm not willing to say he's worth it just yet, becuase he could go Deion Sanders on us tomorrow.
But that's kind of my point. You're not ready to say Hamilton is "worth it"--but what is "it"? He's earning the league minimum and taking up a roster space, and if he goes Prime Time on us he can be jettisoned back to the Rays for $50 grand. That's nothing.
Sure, the Rays have a fine outfield, and perhaps there was no place for Hamilton there. It's the fact that he was left exposed to the Draft, where he could be lost for literally nothing, that surprised me. When you have to pay nothing, why not take a flyer on him? I'm sure that was the Reds thinking. And as for the Rays, like I said they had invested millions in the kid, not to mention countless coaching hours and otherwise--you'd think they'd appreciate some degree of return on their investment, even if it was only a couple of low-level prospects. Instead they got nada.
Undoubtedly, Hamilton's level of play thus far is making Tampa's decision seem much worse; but I had these thoughts from the moment the Reds claimed him in the draft. A player with these tools--even one who to that point had shown no signs of ever fully utilizing them--would surely be worth *something*.