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Josh Hamilton, Rangers

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Free agent

Josh Hamilton was a baseball traveler -- he started with Tampa Bay as the first pick in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft before off-the-field problems derailed his career, and finally made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2007 -- then joined the Rangers in 2008. But during his five seasons there, he has led Texas to two World Series appearances, won an MVP and a batting title (.359) in 2010 and firmly established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. This, then, is the decision facing the Rangers this offseason: Do they give up on the face of the franchise, or re-sign Hamilton, now a free agent, and hope he will continue as the best player on one of the best teams in baseball? As you click through the rest of our Franchise Icon gallery and think about what these other players mean to their teams and cities and when their contracts are up, consider the dilemma facing the front office in Texas.