Originally written November 03, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers are inching closer to divorce.  As expected, Texas has made a qualifying offer to Hamilton.  However, the sides are about $4.5 million apart, and it's not likely that the Rangers will close the gap. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton is expected to turn down the offer and become a free agent.  If he signs with another team, the Rangers will get draft pick compensation.  Reports indicate that Hamilton is looking for $17.5 million.  The Rangers will have the chance to match the best offer Hamilton receives. Hamilton had a relatively healthy year this season, but he has been known for injuries.  In fact, may are concerned he is a ticking time bomb and any team who signs him must be willing to deal with extended periods of time without the 2010 American League MVP.  Hamilton played in the second-most games of his career this season, but he missed time for odd reasons.  He suffered a sinus infection then blurred vision from caffeine intake. Hamilton is the prize of this offseason.  He is a career .304/.363/.549 hitter with 161 home runs.  He has been an All-Star in each of his five seasons in Texas.  He hit a career-high 43 home runs this past season.  As expected, Hamilton is drawing a lot of interest from around the league. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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