Tommy Hunter played with Josh Hamilton in Texas for four seasons. He'd love to see him come to Baltimore.

Hamilton was a hot topic of conversation at last week's general manager's meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. Several reports indicated the Orioles were one of the teams interested in him.

Hunter and Hamilton were together on the Rangers from 2008-11 before Chris Davis and Hunter came to Baltimore in a trade for Koji Uehara.

"Josh is an awesome person and he just wants to play baseball and spend his free time with his family. He wants to win like any competitor does and I hope he comes to Baltimore!" Hunter said in an e-mail.

In May 2012, Hamilton hit four home runs in a game at Oriole Park.