May 8, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The Texas Rangers have reopened contract negotiations with slugger Josh Hamilton, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, but questions about Hamilton's past troubles with addiction continue to play into the discussion and will ultimately impact the deal he eventually signs (if any):
The Josh Hamilton who hit four home runs Tuesday night is a player the Texas Rangers would love to sign long term, and considering that sources told Yahoo! Sports they've reopened negotiations with him on an extension, they're trying.
The Josh Hamilton who fell off the wagon in February is a year-at-a-time question mark whom neither the Rangers nor any team in baseball can trust with a huge-money deal.
Several General Managers around MLB told Passan they would hesitate before giving Hamilton more than six years, regardless of whether he finishes out the 2012 season unscathed. That said, Passan argues that it's reasonable for Hamilton a contract between Jayson Werth's seven years, $126 million and Matt Kemp's eight years for $160 million.
Missed Hamilton's historic night? Check out the storystream over at Baseball Nation.