Josh Hamilton wiats for divine message

by Matthew on October 6, 2012

Could Josh Hamilton be moving on after the Rangers loss last night to the Orioles in the AL Wild Card ?

He says he’s waiting on a divine message.

After a dropped fly ball during the final game of the regular season against the Athletics, Hamilton went from hero to zero with fans, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double-play ground ball versus Baltimore.

After the game, the 31-year-old told Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com that this was not how he envisioned his final game with Texas, and added his next destination would be  based on guidance from God.

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Despite a disappointing season finale, Hamilton finished second in the majors this season behind Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera with 43 home runs and 128 RBI’s.

That, and a .305/.363/.549 batting line over five seasons with the Rangers, to go along with 142 home runs, 506 RBI and a .912 OPS, still makes Hamilton a marquee name in what figures to be a weak free agent class this coming off season. Therefore, he should do quite well in fetching a big salary if he decides to part ways with the Rangers.

Still, in spite of his post game comments about parting ways. Hamilton said that while he will “absolutely” give Texas the chance to match any offer he receives on the open market.

The two sides discussed a contract extension during Spring Training and into the regular season, but decided to suspend talks in early August.

So will Hamilton stay?

It will all come down to how much risk the Rangers are willing to take on a top hitter who has been plagued by off-the-field concerns and injury issues.

And where God tells Hamilton to go.

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