The Texas Rangers have been the most aggressive team in
pursuit of free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
#Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Rosenthal adds that if the Rangers are able to re-sign Hamilton this winter it would ease the sting of losing catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, who reached a three-year agreement with the Boston Red Sox yesterday.
Last season for the Ranger Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with 31 doubles and 43 home runs. The 31-year-old owns a career line of .304/.363/.549 over six seasons at the major league level.
Beyond the Rangers, the Milwaukee Brewers are seen as “on periphery” with Hamilton, according to Rosenthal. It’s also been reported that the chances of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies signing the outfielder are not high. Hamilton did meet with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, a team that is reportedly seriously targeting offense this winter.