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Josh Hamilton and Rangers agree to two-year, $24 million deal

Feb 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton and the Rangers won’t have to worry about arbitration again, as the two sides have agreed to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $24 million.

Hamilton was seeking $12 million for this season, while the Rangers countered at $8.7 million. That makes the midpoint $10.35 million and he likely would have been in line for an even bigger figure next season, so the contract is a fair one for both sides that gives the Rangers some cost certainty in case he has another MVP campaign.

And perhaps just as importantly, it also allows the Rangers to avoid bringing up his history of substance abuse in a hearing, which potentially could have gotten very ugly.

If they hadn’t reached an agreement there was a hearing scheduled for Monday, but various reports during the past couple weeks have consistently said negotiations were going smoothly. Hamilton, who hit .359 with 32 homers, 100 RBIs, and a league-leading 1.044 OPS in 133 games last season, will be 32 years old when he’s eligible for free agency following the 2012 season.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    This is a good comprise for both Hamilton and the Rangers.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Wow did Hamilton screw himself out of a nice payday!!

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    It seems Hamilton and the rangers both considered his history and settled on a lower salary, without making a public mess of it. I love me some Josh Hamilton. The dude took into consideration who gave him another shot. I admire that.

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