MLB free agency: Braves a potential landing spot for Josh Hamilton

Scott Cunningham

Will Josh Hamilton be a member of the Braves next season? One baseball writer thinks so.

FOX Sports writer Jon Morosi predicts that free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton will land with the Atlanta Braves this offseason.

Hamilton's flaws are well known. He has battled drug and alcohol addiction, his long-term durability is in question, and his strikeouts spiked to a career-high 162 this year. ... By any measure, he's one of the best offensive players in the game. Still, the boos he heard in his final game at Rangers Ballpark suggest he's done in Texas. Destination: Atlanta.

Hamilton, who is considered the top free agent of this year's class by Morosi, is a five-time All-Star and won the American League MVP award in 2010. Last season, Hamilton batted .285 with 43 home runs and a .930 OPS.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick struggled in the second half of the 2012 season. After hitting .308 with 27 home runs in the first half, Hamilton batted just .259 with 16 home runs in the second half.

Hamilton was drafted in 1999 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but did not appear in a Major League game until 2007. With the Reds, Hamilton revitalized his career by batting .292 with 19 home runs in 90 games.

The Reds traded Hamilton the following offseason. He's appeared in 647 games with the Rangers in five years, batting .305 with a .912 OPS.

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