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Will the Phillies pursue Josh Hamilton?

Possible offseason free agent center fielder options, including Josh Hamilton, for the Philadelphia Phillies are discussed.

Mitchell Layton

The Philadelphia Phillies could be looking to add a center fielder from the free agency pool this offseason, and takes a look at some available options, including Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton belted a career-best 43 home runs in 2012, hitting .285 and driving in 128 RBI in 148 games this season. The 31-year-old ranked second in the American League in homers, RBI and slugging percentage (.577).

The Phillies finished their 2012 campaign an even 81-81, good for third place in the National League East division. Philadelphia had six different players who played centerfield during the season, and those hitters combined to hit .268 with 16 home runs, 66 RBI and a .412 slugging percentage.

Other free agent center fielders mentioned along with Hamilton include Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton, former Phil and current member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Shane Victorino, San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan and Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.