Rangers Make Qualifying Offer to Josh Hamilton, but Sides are Not Close to a Deal

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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