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The Rangers max offer to Josh Hamilton will be three years

Nov 9, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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In other words, the Rangers are really not that interested in signing Josh Hamilton. Bob Nightengale reports:

The Texas Rangers don’t plan to offer prized free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract, according to a high-ranking team official, which likely will lead to the Rangers severing ties with the 2010 American League MVP.

Nightengale says that negotiations have not even begun.  If Rangers people are leaking that, then, you know they have no interest in making Hamilton a serious offer.

I don’t think Hamilton will get one of those 6-7 year deals, let alone that $175 million he reportedly wants. Or at least he shouldn’t. But you have to figure there are a lot of teams who would go four or five. Or some kind of deal with x years guaranteed and a bunch of options/incentives to account for the uncertainty about his health and age and stuff.

But three years? Can’t really see it.

  1. Gardenhire's Cat - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    In the words of Hawk Harrelson: He gone.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Pinstripes, alas.

  2. historiophiliac - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Why do people act surprised that the Rangers don’t want Hamy? The signs have been there for some time. If you were paying attention, it was obvious. I don’t know who didn’t know this already.

    • dickclydesdale - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      He will get $200 million, 7 yrs from a big market & have 3 or 4 good yrs.

  3. stex52 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Face it. The guy’s high maintenance. They have a ton of hitting. Durability is an issue. They would probably welcome him back under the right circumstances. But they have set a rational number on his value to them. That’s how a business should be run.

    • paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      He’s also high risk. Even a 3 year $50-60M deal is really risky with his personal and injury histories.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        I hate to pile on him, but what do you think is next? Sugar addiction?

  4. storebrandcookies - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    As A Josh Hamilton and a Ranger’s fan, his biggest commitment isn’t to the Rangers but it’s to his family. If he decides to take the biggest deal I won’t get mad, he only has one shot at setting up his family and his grandchildren’s grandchildren for life.

    Now that we’re on the subject of money, imagine what future free agents like Cano, Harper, and Trout will get.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    He can’t expect a team to give him 7 years $140-160. He’s as talented as anyone, anywhere, any time; but just like those ridiculous tattoos, the stupid stuff he did ten years ago just isn’t going to go away. Hamilton’s got to look in the mirror on this one.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Sure, give him something else to beat himself up about…

  6. sidelineshot - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Nolan Ryan is no dummy.

  7. djjackson81 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    If he was the only bat in Texas which he isn’t he may have drawn 4 or maybe 5 years. Any smart player doesn’t need to break the millions bank cause if you need 200 million and stupid spending habits then your an idiot anyways. He has made millions would anyone else be greedy and push for trillions.

  8. proobone - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Hey Josh stay with the Rangers. Your case is different than anyone else out there. I’m a reds fan and have been upset ever since they traded you especially the reason. All the babies and big egos in the clubhouse.I thought more of those guys.
    You were traded to a good team and they welcomed you with open arms. bothe the players and management. They have stuck with you through some tough times.Unless I’m missing something i feel it would be best for your sobriety to stay. I enjoyed watching you here in Cincinnati ,when you are healthy you are the best in the game. I talked to you at Spring Training after at game in Ft Myers at Hammond Stadium against Minnesota I told you I had a son who went through a very similar situation and I was thankful that he and you were both clean. I enjoyed the sincerity of our talk and will leave you with the same words I left you with that evening. ” I love to watch you play but if playing ever gets in the way of your sobriety, quit and stay sober. I would much rather see you sober and alive than ever see you play ball again and so would your kids, wife.children and grandma.”

  9. jayquintana - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Smart move. Let’s be honest, Hamilton’s a very old 31 — best to think of him as a superstar in his mid to late 30s.

  10. joedavis291 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    face it how many times do we have to see teams over pay for players just to see them fade to obscurity see NYY with ARoids

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