Coaches usually have some say in the players that come and go on a team. However, when the player in question is about to command an incredible sum of money, the coach may have a little less input. Ron Washington, manager of the Texas Rangers, may not be able to convince the front office of how they should handle Josh Hamilton, but he wants the slugger back in Texas.
Washington was a guest on ESPN Radio in Texas on the Ben and Skin show Tuesday. He said Hamilton knows how he and the organization feel about him. Washington then elaborated.
"It's no secret that I have a lot of respect for Josh. It's no secret that I would like to have Josh back," Washington said.Hamilton has been one of the hottest and most-discussed free agents on the market this offseason. He comes with baggage though. Hamilton's history of drug and alcohol abuse will never leave his side. His propensity for injury is also a concern. Hamilton has only been healthy enough to appear in more than 140 games twice in his career. That's going to be a problem for any team signing him to a long-term deal. If they are going to pay the money Hamilton commands, they will want him on the field.
Texas has dealt with Hamilton, seen what he offers, and seen the change to their entire franchise since he came to the team. It would not be surprising to see Hamilton re-sign with the Rangers, but right now there does not seem to be a clear favorite in the Hamilton sweepstakes.