Signing Hamilton would undo both great moves Amaro has made so far. He traded a solid pitcher, but a replaceable one, for a young, up-and-coming CF whose current contract takes him beyond his prime. He traded rosin bags for a big right-handed bat that will only cost $6 million for the year. Very cost-effective and smart moves...
Now, here's why signing Hamilton (5 years, $120 million is one recently rumored number) would take the Phillies backward: past his prime, already showing some signs of injury trouble, bats left-handed, takes playing time away from young outfielders Dom Brown and Darin Ruf, and costs too much money on a team that will pay nearly $100 million to five players. Wasn't the big outcry from Phillies fans last year that the team needs to get younger and stop massively inflating its payroll when there are more cost-effective solutions? Now those same fans want Josh Hamilton... As a lifelong Philly fan, I just don't get this city sometimes.
Here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.