Josh Hamilton Is Coming Back To Texas

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In a move that has set the DFW sports market on fire, the Rangers and Angels have agreed in principle to a deal that brings former Rangers slugger and 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton back to Texas. Sources are indicating that Texas is getting Hamilton for just $15 million over the next three years while Anaheim eats the rest of his contract.

Shutdown Inning reported first, last week, that the Rangers and Angels were in discussions to bring Hamilton back to this “Baseball Town.” Fans didn’t take too kindly to our report – some discrediting us as not a credible site because we aren’t a National Blog and some upset at the simple fact that Hamilton could be coming back here again.

From a baseball standpoint, the move is very perplexing one to the say the least. The Rangers have two very large contracts that do not look that good right now – Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has six years and $116 million left on his deal while Andrus just started his eight year $118 million contract.

Notice that I didn’t include Prince Fielder in that group? There’s a reason. Fielder looks healthy and his hitting the ball with authority so far this season. He looks tremendous. The power will come – be patient. Remember, Fielder is typically a slow starter so this is a good sign. The deal could still turn out bad and could still hinder the Rangers future payroll but paying Fielder $19M a year isn’t as bad as it seems. (Remember Detroit is paying $5 million of his deal starting next season)

Anyways, back to Hamilton. I personally believe that this deal is nothing more than a low risk high reward move from Jon Daniels and the Rangers ownership. You pay Hamilton $5 million a year and hope for the best. In terms of WAR and value, all Hamilton needs to do is be worth at least 1.0 WAR and you break even. Anything more than that and you are at surplus value.

I also firmly believe that this deal is more than just baseball. I believe, and I have no sources and any knowledge of this, that the Rangers are bringing back Hamilton to help him. A lot of his problems were caused by his soon-to-be ex wife, Katie. That I do know as a fact. Now that she is out of the picture, Hamilton is back in a familiar environment, and around people that will care for and support him, I believe that Hamilton will overcome the lack of performance that he displayed in Anaheim.

I might be alone in that thought, but I believe this move was the Rangers way of saving Josh Hamilton from the potential dangers there were on his horizon.

So where do the Rangers go from here?

They now have a surplus of outfielders and we know that Ryan Rua and Leonys Martin are safe. Beyond that, no ones job is guaranteed and that includes Choo.

Could the Rangers be in talks with another team that could use some outfield help? Could the Rangers eat some of Choo’s contract and ship him off somewhere to rid themselves of it? It’s all a possibility.

Though this is another discussion for another day. The moral of the story here is that Josh Hamilton appears to be a Ranger again and it could turn out to be one of JD’s best moves yet.

Or worst.

Time will tell. Until then, I saw we break out the Claw and Antlers and party like its 2010 all over again.

What do you think of this news? Will you cheer Hamilton when he’s introduced as a Ranger again? Let us know below, we’d love to hear from you.

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Billy is a baseball fanatic and has been around the game since he was four years old. The first ever game he attended was in September of '89 and Pete Incaviglia denied him an autograph after he had a bad batting practice session. Billy has held a grudge since. Billy is also a baseball coach who is known to dance around the dugout like Ron Washington during big plays in the game.

5 comments

  • I agree with bringing Josh Hamilton back to Texas. We all know that he hasn’t been the same since he left. I agree with you Billy that the Rangers are bringing him back partly to help and support him. I also agree that his wife has been a major problem. It appeared that she wanted the bright lights of LA. I was disappointed when he left but I never booed him. I will welcome him back wholeheartedly. I really believe that this move will be a positive for both the Rangers and Josh.

  • I have never in recent memory loved an athlete more, and been more disgusted with an athlete than Jish Hamilton. I’m very confused on how I feel about this. I’ll be at his first game, I’ll stand for his first at bat, I won’t cheer, I won’t boo… If he gives 100% effort to this team, he will have my unwavering support. If he lacklusters his way through games, he’ll still be the Hamilton I grew to loathe at times. Results take time to measure…

  • The question is: Do you DH Hamilton or replace Leonys Martin in center field? If you DH Hamilton, what happens to Moreland? Trade?

    • Those are fantastic questions Josh. I personally feel like they are going to move Choo if they can. But I can say that I do not believe Hamilton will replace Martin in CF. He may play some LF until Rua is ready to come back and then he may split some time with others.

    • Rangers Magic Number

      What could you get for Moreland?

      Anything you get is a bonus.

      But remember he has a floating piece of his Rangers soul floating in his elbow.

      🙂

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