November 9, 2012 by Matt Musico
This makes a lot of sense. Who wants to sign the soon-to-be 32-year-old to a 7-year/$175 million deal when you know his production not even be close to what it’s been by the end of the contract?
The Rangers are going about this the right way; they don’t mind paying for Hamilton, but know he may not have many years left of the type of production he gave them in 2012 (.285/.354/.577, 43 HR, 128 RBI).
Instead of setting his value in the market, they are waiting to see what other teams offer him, and if it’s in their comfort zone, they’ll enter the ring. We’ll see how this plays out once the slugging outfielder rejects Texas’ qualifying offer sometime today.