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.
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