Josh Hamilton Is Coming Back To Texas
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.
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.