Josh Hamilton and the Rangers nearing reunion….again
Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers are very close to signing a minor league contract as early as the “next few days” a source tells MFST.
The signing isn’t shocking and is more expected than anything else. The Rangers waived Hamilton in August with the hope of re-signing him–and now that he has cleared all the medical exams performed by the Rangers doctors, it will only be a matter of time until pen is put to paper.
Of course, the expectation at this point is that Hamilton will need to battle for a roster spot as a minor-league signee. The 35-year-old never managed to play last year, as he ultimately required two procedures to address ligament damage in his knee. He was released in August, with both team and player suggesting at the time that a new deal was contemplated.
Hamilton’s most recent MLB action came in 2015, when he returned to the Rangers after the Angels cut bait on his ill-fated free-agent contract. He managed to take 182 plate appearances, producing a .253/.291/.441 batting line with eight home runs.
While it seems that there could still be power in Hamilton’s long-feared bat, he’ll need to turn things around in the on-base department to return to productivity. He struck out 52 times while drawing only ten walks in his recent run with Texas.
Only time will tell what Hamilton has left in the tank, but I wouldn’t expect much.
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