Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/9/12
Outfielder Josh Hamilton completed the formality Friday by officially declining the qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers. Hamilton was the lone potential free agent the Rangers had extended the offer of 13.3 million for next season to. By extending the offer, the Rangers are guaranteed a compensatory pick if Hamilton signs with another team this offseason. Hamiltons name was a hot topic during the general managers meetings in California this week. According to a report in USA Today, the Rangers are not going to offer Hamilton a deal any longer than three years. Team president Nolan Ryan said Wednesday that the issue with Hamilton wouldnt be the annual salary because the club has an idea of what its going to take to sign the five-time All-Star, who was won his third Silver Slugger award Wednesday. That would leave years as the sticking point. Hamilton, 31, has played in more than 133 games just twice in his six-year career and has played in 90 or less two in two of those seasons. Hamilton, who is one of five finalists for the American League most valuable player, made 12 million this season. Free agents Nick Swisher and Adam LaRoche, two players the Rangers have been linked to this offseason, were two of the nine players who rejected qualifying offers Friday.
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