According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have discussed a long-term deal for center fielder Josh Hamilton internally as well as with his agent. Hamilton, 27, has to be considered the current frontrunner for the AL MVP award. No pair of teammates in the AL has combined for more offensive production than Hamilton and Milton Bradley.
Hamilton’s arbitration years will be from 2010-12. The Rangers shouldn’t be in a huge rush, as Hamilton will make less than a million bucks in ’09.