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Should you sell high on Josh Hamilton?
The answer seems obvious to most. Josh Hamilton clearly has a shaky injury history. He constantly misses games and has already sat out three games due to a hamstring injury, although it seems the Rangers were being cautious since the games were on turf in Toronto.
While most people will say to sell high on Hamilton immeditaley, I don’t think that’s the case. Of course, there is a price for everyone. I’d explore to find out what he could bring back in a deal.
Hamilton is on fire right now. He hit another homer on Saturday and is batting .402 with 18 home runs and 41 RBIs with a 1.336 OPS. Since he’s been so dominant, you might be able to plug several deficiencies on your team.
If someone offered me Carlos Gonzalez, who helps in five categories and an elite pitcher, I trade Hamilton. I know there is risk with Hamilton, who has played more than 150 games once in his five-year career. Even if he misses games, he will still put up excellent numbers. He batted .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs in 133 games in 2010 and .298 with 25 home runs and 98 RBIs in 121 games.
He will cool off, but even if he misses time, the numbers will be phenomenal. While statistics and history are important in fantasy baseball, there are times you need to use your gut feeling. Mine tells me Hamilton is going to stay healthy for most of the season. I have Hamilton in two leagues and haven’t sent a trade offer yet. Unless someone floors me with a trade, I am going to hold him.