Josh Hamilton: Could He Wind Up Playing Next to Matt Kemp in 2013?

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIMay 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers watches a pop fly while rounding second base against the Kansas City Royals on May 14, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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Every now and then it is fun to imagine what your team would look like if you could land "X" player somehow.

The Dodgers are a fortunate team. They have one of those "X" players in Matt Kemp. Other teams, regardless of league or division, would jump at the chance to acquire Kemp somehow and someway.

Looking ahead to the 2013 season, the likely AL MVP Josh Hamilton will potentially become a free agent. While the Texas Rangers are saying all of the right things, they have yet to extend him beyond this season.

In his notes section, The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo raises a very interesting point regarding the future of Josh Hamilton. Says Cafardo

The Rangers probably wouldn't dare lose Josh Hamilton in free agency. If he should seek to go elsewhere, however, the Dodgers—with their new-found dollars—could be the team for him. A Hamilton- Matt Kemp combo? That would allow the Dodgers to let Andre Ethier head into the market.

Think about that for a second.

Josh Hamilton, who could win the AL triple crown this season, playing in the same outfield as Matt Kemp, who could very well win the NL triple crown this year.

Yes, the team would likely have to let Andre Ethier walk, but who would care in that scenario?

No disrespect whatsoever for Ethier, but if your team could even think about bringing in Hamilton, there aren't too many players you wouldn't give up to make it happen.

Sure, its all fun and somewhat irrelevant speculation right now, but just think how big of a monster this Dodgers team could become with that lineup.