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Josh Hamilton files for $12 million in arbitration

Jan 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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As some of you may have noticed already, today is the day that players and teams submit arbitration figures. We have seen a number of contracts get worked out right before the deadline, but there are a few notable players who filed today. We’ll touch on a couple of them here, beginning with last year’s American League MVP Josh Hamilton.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported just a short while ago that Hamilton filed for $12 million and the Rangers countered with $8.7 million.

That sounds like a pretty big gulf at the moment, but if the two sides are able to avoid an arbitration hearing, as many expect them to do, Hamilton’s salary for 2011 should be somewhere around the midpoint of $10.35 million.

Hamilton made $3.25 million last season while batting .359/.411/.633 with 32 home runs, 100 RBI and a league-leading 1.044 OPS over 133 games.

  1. hardjudge - Jan 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    He’s worth at least what they are paying Michael Young.

  2. jaypace - Jan 19, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Pay the man he’s been the best player on the team since he’s been there. If you don’t the yanks will

  3. henryd3rd - Jan 19, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    The man put up phenomenal numbers and he’s not a fluke! Pay the dude! If they don’t I am sure there are at the very least eight other MLB teams that wouldn’t hesitate to do so if he becomes a free agent

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