Rangers Re-open Extension Talks with Hamilton

by Matthew on May 9, 2012

I guess hitting four homers in one game is a sure way to get yourself a raise.

At least that’s the case for Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton the morning he did just that, prompting the franchise to re-visit contract negotiations with Hamilton and his representatives according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

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Hamilton’s current contract of $24 million covers only the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and this season the Rangers’ outfielder is leading the Majors in HR’s (14), RBI’s (36), BA (.406), SLG (.840) and WARP (2.7), so he will definitely be on everyone’s radar should Texas fail to ink a long-term deal.

Especially since such astronomical numbers have been tossed around  the MLB with the likes of Albert Pujols’ 10-year, $240 million, or Prince Fielder’s 9-year, $214 million received from the Angels and Tigers respectively.

Hamilton, who is hitting better than both of them certainly deserves that sort of deal, don’t you think?

However, the biggest issue that has kept Texas from signing Hamilton, is not about his talent. It’s his drug and alcohol abuse past,  and the fact that he had another alcohol-related episode earlier this year.

If the Rangers can get past that risk, it is possible that Hamilton could eclipse any current deal in the majors.

But for now we will have to wait and see.

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