The Texas Rangers and slugger Josh Hamilton are making progress on a deal, according to sources.
If reached, the deal would likely be for four years, the sources said.
An early, unconfirmed report said Hamilton wants $175 million for seven years. Most teams would prefer a shorter deal; Hamilton is a recovering drug addict with a history of injuries.
His offensive performance, however, is elite. Hamilton batted .285 last season with a career-high 43 homers and 128 RBI. He is a lifetime .304 hitter with a .913 on-base/slugging percentage.
It's still possible that another team could beat the Rangers' offer.
Mariners officials met with Hamilton in Nashville on Sunday, according to major league sources. Other unidentified clubs also are believed to have met with Hamilton.
The Mariners -- who lost in their bid for free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli to the Boston Red Sox -- would need to add other hitters to offer Hamilton protection in their lineup.
The Milwaukee Brewers ...