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Last season wasn't a happy one for Josh Hamilton or the Rangers -- fans derided him for his effort late in the season, and though Hamilton hit 43 home runs, the team had an early playoff exit. Hamilton makes an early return to Texas tonight, this time as a member of the rival Los Angeles Angels. There were some good times for Hamilton in Texas, but do those outweigh his later falling-out?
The Rangers appear content to let Josh Hamilton walk away, if a report that the team will offer the All-Star outfielder no more than a three-year deal is true. Are the Rangers setting limitations for themselves that they'll later regret? Or are they being wise, considering how players signed to long-term deals have fared of late?
Josh Hamilton has remarkable talent and can light up the scoreboard with his bat. But he's also been prone to injuries, and his off-field troubles remain a concern.
The Rangers are allowing Josh Hamilton to test free agency before making him a contract offer. That runs the risk that the All-Star outfielder won't be back in Texas next season. But it also allows the Rangers to see whether Hamilton will be offered a long-term deal that they might not want to match, given his durability and health issues over the past few seasons. Would you want Hamilton on your favorite team?