Josh Hamilton banged up again

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josh hamilton headshot rangers.jpgIf it wasn’t for bad luck Josh Hamilton wouldn’t have no luck at all:

Hamilton was diagnosed with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit
by a pitch Monday night in a Cactus League game against the San
Francisco Giants. Preliminary X-rays were negative and he will be
re-evaluated Tuesday.

“Somebody is after me,” said Hamilton, who had to deal with a bruised
left shoulder earlier this spring. “Watch out, boys, don’t stand too
close to me.”

Add this to the banged up shoulder from a couple of weeks ago and his back, groin, and rib injuries from 2009.

Perhaps if he were to return the tiki idol he found to the Hawaiian burial grounds the tabu would be broken.  In the meantime, Josh, for God’s sake, don’t go surfing.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.