The Texas Rangers are prepared to let Josh Hamilton test the market, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Rangers at this point in time are not ready to offer the number of years or type of money Hamilton is looking for. The Rangers in essence are hoping teams around the league will develop the market for Hamilton and they will be able to come in at the end and potentially reach a deal if the market is not too outlandish.
Hamilton and the Rangers conducted negotiations at the beginning of the season, but the sides were not close to a deal. Hamilton and his well documented battle with alcohol, is probably the biggest free agent gamble in recent years, but is also one of the better hitters to hit the market.
This past season, Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs in 562 at bats.
In his potential last game as a Ranger, Hamilton went 0-4 and was booed heavily. Call me crazy, but yes Hamilton didn't deliver at a big moment this season, but he did have 43 home runs and 128 RBIs and without his contribution the Rangers would not have been a wild card team.
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