Life After Josh
**ORIGINAL POST DATE 6/26/12**
The average fan and the local media are realizing what the rest of us have known for awhile; Josh will cost too much and is not worth the risk beyond the 2012 season.
I believe the Rangers will do one of two things:
Offer Josh the “CJ offer”: There is a possibility that the Rangers low-ball Josh with an offer or never really even give him an offer depending on what the market will look like this offseason. This is how the Rangers handled the CJ situation, and though the Rangers are more invested in Josh, this is a possibility.or
Offer Josh the “Cliff Lee offer”: In this case, the Rangers go after Josh hard and give him a legit offer, but still won’t go that extra year to make it happen. This offer is the most likely to happen and one that I would advocate. This type of offer places the onus on Josh and makes him the “bad guy” if/when he decides to take slightly more money and/or years elsewhere.Who makes up Josh’s productivity in 2013 and beyond? The short answer is nobody, but there is a player in particular that fits the team and is a productive player: Nick Swisher. When his name is mentioned on Twitter, most Ranger fans compare him to a feminine cleansing product, but this line of thinking stems from the fact that he plays on the Yankees. Swisher is a solid clubhouse guy who is the kind of guy Washington likes: he’s versatile (plays both corner outfield positions and first base).
By not signing Josh, the Rangers can sign Napoli (4/50) and Swisher (3/36) to much more team-friendly deals than what it would cost for Josh. Swisher has averaged a 122.5 OPS+ the last four season while playing well above-average in LF and RF, and an average 1B (UZR).
2013 OutfieldLF: Swisher
Bench: Gentry, Murphy
Enjoy the rest of this season and soak up all the memories of Josh Hamilton in a Ranger uniform. Hopefully, he can help the team win their first World Series and ride off into the sunset.