When it comes to the Texas Rangers and Josh Hamilton I have heard both sides of what the rangers should do with Hamilton; some people tell me that the Rangers should trade Hamilton and get the best pitchers available and others tell me that the Rangers should sign Josh to a long term contract.
You can list me with those who believe the Rangers should sign Josh to a long term contract. Not eight or 10 years long like some baseball players get, but I believe a four or five year contract would be just fine.
You could argue who is the best player in baseball right now and most likely you will pick either Josh Hamilton or Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp; it would be hard to say either pick is wrong as the best player. But Josh will definitely not receive a contract similar to Kemp’s eight year $160 million deal.
With Hamilton’s history of injuries and with his past off field problems a four or five year contract worth anywhere between $60 and $90 million is a reasonable deal; especially when you factor in how good Josh has been playing over the last two plus seasons, when healthy.
There aren’t many five tool players like Josh so it’s not like the Rangers could just call a player up from their farm system to replace Hamilton. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that the Rangers should keep Hamilton past this season; it’s just a matter of getting the number of years right and for the right price.