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.
I haven't followed the saga as closely as you guys have, but I'm guessing the thinking is this: if you've already put in millions, and you have one of the best young outlfields in baseball as it is, why not cut your losses?
It's much easier for a team who has nothing vested in him but a roster spot to give him a chance than a team like the Rays who have a farm system that is filthy rich with talent and an offense that stacks up against anybody's.
I like Hamilton as a chance pick up rather than a long term investment that got off to the start he did here.
But in hindsight, sure, the Rays made a mistake so far, and I'm pretty happy they did, even though I'm really starting to like the Rays.