Josh Hamilton rumors: Slugger holding out for six- or seven-year deal

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

When it comes to the Josh Hamilton negotiations there seems to still be a “hang-up” when it comes to years and dollars.

When it comes to the Josh Hamilton negotiations there seems to still be a "hang-up" when it comes to years and dollars, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN, who adds that some are saying the free agent outfielder and his representation are "holding out for a six-year or seven-year contract, in the neighborhood of $25 million a year:

They portray Hamilton and his agent, Michael Moye, as still holding out for a six-year or seven-year contract, in the neighborhood of $25 million a year.

This price range that Hamilton and his agent are holding out for would fall in line with the contract the slugger was reportedly seeking entering the offseason; seven years and $175 million.

While there is little debate that Hamilton will receive a contract with an average annual salary in the $20-$25 million range, the question becomes how many years the outfielder will get. Teams are hesitant go offer him too long of a deal considering his issues with injuries and substance abuse.

If Hamilton continues to hold out for a larger contract offer, he runs the risk of potential suitors, including the Texas Rangers, deciding to move on to other targets. Stark adds that the Hamilton sweepstakes could open up if the Rangers decide to sign Zack Greinke instead.

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