Two immediate concerns encompass Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton, who dropped off the truck in a very community way this weeks time.
The first: Why did it happen? We can't response, except to say that habit is a difficult and more strong challenger than the best glass pitcher Hamilton will ever experience.
The second: How does this impact Hamilton's upcoming with the Rangers? This is something we could know earlier rather than later.
Eligible for no cost organization at the end of this period, Hamilton had been searching for a long-term agreement. At 30, even under the best of conditions, he might not have another taken at one. With a body that has been susceptible to malfunction and could be regarded "high mileage" after his well-chronicled liquor and substance mistreatment, any group, such as the Ranger, would have purpose to be eager of the threats.
Hamilton has said he will not settle an expansion after he reviews to may exercising. That was planned to occur in approximately two several weeks. In 121 game titles last period -- his 4th with the Ranger -- he batted .298 with 25 house works.
Hamilton's wife, Katie, Tweeted Friday morning:
"Truly appreciate all the encouraging & supportive tweets we've been getting. God is Faithful and forgives- so thankful that you all are"
The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday night that Hamilton had been seen drinking at a Dallas-area bar on Monday. The Rangers told the paper they were "aware of the situation."
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, had been suspended for more than three years early in his career before the Reds took a chance on him, then traded him to the Rangers, where he lived up to potential while living under constant supervision. He rebounded from a highly publicized incident in a bar in 2009.
Hamilton is scheduled to make $13.75 million -- $5 million more than a year ago -- in the final year of his current contract.
But Yahoo's Jeff Passan suggests Hamilton's bid for a long-term deal with the Ranger is "gone."
"It has to be. Already the Rangers had shown little inclination to lock up long-term a player who two years ago won the American League MVP award despite missing the final month. Texas, like most other clubs, fears Hamilton's body, brittle from his years of drug abuse, won't hold up. Whatever leverage Hamilton held is kaput, and only the madness of free agency will land him a payday."