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Rangers hoping to lock up outfielder Josh Hamilton

Aug 15, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

We already know that the Rangers will make an effort to lock up ace left-hander Cliff Lee this offseason.  Now new CEO and managing partner Chuck Greenberg is saying that he also plans to work out an extension with outfielder Josh Hamilton in the very near future.  This according to the Dallas Morning News.

“Keeping Josh here for the long haul is essential,” Greenberg said simply. “His performance on the field speaks for itself.”

Hamilton, 29, is under team control through 2012, but the Rangers may want to buy out his remaining arbitration-eligible years with an extension that also extends into his first few seasons of free agency.  If he keeps up his torrid pace at the plate, it could save them money in the long run.

The former No. 1 overall pick is batting a ridiculous .364/.411/.639 this season with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 440 at-bats.  He also has eight stolen bases and is a strong defensive outfielder despite his bulky size.  Injuries have been a problem in the past, but it’s hard to top a healthy Hamilton when it comes to ranking American League outfielders.

  1. MVD - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    If only they could pay him for just when he’s on the field.

  2. RichardInBigD - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    They kinda can. It’s called an “incentive-laden contract”. Start with $10 million, just so he can’t play for anyone else. Then give him something like $5K for every HR over 20, and every RBI over 80. Throw in $10K for each plate appearance over 600, and $7500 for every BA point over 300. $10K each for assists from the outfield, $15K for each stolen baqse, and I’m gonna guess that, if he stays healthy, you’re looking at writing him about a $30 million check in October, unless you want to throw in a little spiff for awards and post season advancement, not to mention All-Star balloting. It may sound ridiculous, but based on who’s getting what around the league, it sounds about fair to me…

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    The collective bargaining agreement generally doesn’t allow incentive clauses based on performance, such as home runs and RBIs.

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