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Rangers make qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, but not Mike Napoli

Nov 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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As expected the Rangers made a qualifying offer to free agent Josh Hamilton, ensuring they’ll receive a first-round draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.

They did not, however, make a qualifying offer to Mike Napoli, so the free agent catcher can walk without the Rangers getting anything in return. He’s also free to re-sign with Texas.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agents are no more, so instead if teams want to get compensation for a departing free agent they must make him a qualifying offer that amounts to a one-year deal for the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players.

For next season that is $13.3 million, which the Rangers deemed too much for Napoli in case he accepted. Hamilton has until next Friday to accept or decline, but he’ll obviously turn it down in search of a much bigger multi-year deal.

We’ll have a full round-up of all the qualifying offer decisions once the 5:00 p.m. ET deadline arrives.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    13 mill is a bit much for Napoli who is coming off one of his worst seasons. .227/.343/.469 is a pretty rough drop off from .320/.414/.631, I think 2011 is a career year for him i expect him to be around .240-.260 25 HR, 70 RBI from here on out. I would love for Boston to bring this guy to play 1st base. I think his swing is great for Fenway and the stats do not lie .306/.397/.710 at Fenway (7 HR in 62 ABs). I think he’s also more likely to produce a WAR between 2 to 3 opposed to the 5.6 he put up in 2011. With a career .371 wOBA and 126 OPS+, I wouldn’t mind throwing him something around 3 years, 27-33 mill. We do have a hole at 1st after all.

  2. brandedthefirst - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Is that the photo of Josh thinking it over?

    • gt929 - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      He’s pondering the universe (in the middle of the game.)

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