Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/11/12
If you think outfielder Josh Hamilton will sign a contract that sufficiently protects the Texas Rangers from any injuries and relapses that he might suffer, think again. Hamilton need not make concessions when he likely would receive a massive, fully guaranteed free-agent contract if he stays reasonably healthy and productive. Besides, the collective bargaining agreement addresses the treatment and discipline of players who experience drug and alcohol problems. The CBA likely would leave the Rangers little room to negotiate specific conditions for Hamilton, a recovering addict. The future of Hamilton, who turns 31 on May 21, is one of baseball's most compelling topics as the Rangers host their first showdown with the Los Angeles Angels this weekend (Saturday, MLB on FOX, 1:10 p.m. ET). Hamilton is off to a fantastic start, leading the American League in all three Triple Crown categories as well as on-base percentage and slugging percentage. On Tuesday, he became the 16th player ...
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