Even after an eventful offseason, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton doesn't plan on giving the Texas Rangers any sort of hometown discount when he's eligible to reach free agency this offseason. Hamilton recently spoke with reporters and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the quotes about his intentions following the 2012 season:
The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve got. When it comes down to is, people have to understand this is a business. I love Texas, I love the fans, I love the organization and I love my teammates. But I’m not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers. I don’t feel I owe the Rangers.
I'm sure that many fans will have a variety of strong opinions on this topic, particularly relating to whether or not the two sides have any obligation to one another after what's happened over the past few years. While he doesn't outright say it, he appears to be implying that he won't be giving Texas any sort of hometown discount in contract discussions.
Hamilton, 30, would be one of the top players on the market if he reaches free agency after the season.Texas has a huge decision to make before then on whether to commit the big money to him.