Rangers, Josh Hamilton Agree To Two-Year Deal

3:02pm: Hamilton earns $7.25MM in 2011, $13.75MM in 2012 and a $3MM signing bonus, according to Grant (on Twitter). The Rangers will pay Hamilton's signing bonus in two $1.5MM installments.

1:01pm: The Rangers agreed to sign Josh Hamilton to a two-year, $24MM deal, avoiding arbitration. Hamilton had filed for $12MM in arbitration this year, while the Rangers countered with $8.7MM.

Hamilton earned $3.25MM last year in his first season as an arbitration eligible player. He won the AL MVP, a Silver Slugger and the batting title in 2010, though he battled a variety of injuries along the way. Hamilton missed most of September with a ribcage injury, but finished the season with a sparkling .359/.411/.633 line and 32 homers.

The contract buys out the Moye/Sanderson client's final two seasons of arbitration eligibility, but does not delay his free agency. Like Joey Votto, last year's NL MVP, Hamilton signed an extension that covers only his remaining arbitration years.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News first reported the agreement (on Twitter) and Jon Heyman of SI.com reported the value of the contract (Twitter link).


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49 Comments on "Rangers, Josh Hamilton Agree To Two-Year Deal"


Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

This brings a smile to my face

4 years 5 months ago

Never heard of him.

Holidayjesus
4 years 5 months ago

Who is this guy? Isn’t he some recovering drug addict?

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

fail

Zuidvogels
4 years 5 months ago

He looks nothing like Charlie Sheen..

Holidayjesus
4 years 5 months ago

lmao

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

Or Ron Washington.

rzepczynski
4 years 5 months ago

cocaines a hell of a drug

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you have too much money.

Pawsdeep
4 years 5 months ago

And you know how to have too much fun

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Or that you’re an “artist.”

4 years 5 months ago

low blow. he’s also the reigning al mvp

vtadave
4 years 5 months ago

Heh… he said “blow”.

BattingThird_Number34
4 years 5 months ago

I’m offended too. That man thinks Hamilton is simply a drug addict! Sir, he plays major league baseball too!!! This game is no joking matter!

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Next year he will make 4 Million less than Michael Young…

Just saying.

rzepczynski
4 years 5 months ago

7 now lol

alxn
4 years 5 months ago

I guess the Rangers were pretty sure they were going to lose their hearing, otherwise they didn’t really gain much from this.

jwsox
4 years 5 months ago

consider this though lets assume they lost the hearing and paid im 12 this year through arb, that means he would be in for an even bigger arb pay day next season assuming he can be healthy enough to put a season close to what he did last…If he does another monster year then its a great deal because he could get even more than 12 mill next season in arb

Zuidvogels
4 years 5 months ago

No not logic!

DeManiac
4 years 5 months ago

Why? Is Hamilton THAT loud of a talker?

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

I hear he spits when he talks too.

kevmill21
4 years 5 months ago

do we know what the distribution is yet? if its 9 and 13 or something, then yes, those are on the low end of the next two years of arb if he has another strong year.

AA4PrimeMinister
4 years 5 months ago

Fail of the year. 9 + 13 = 22

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

I sort of gree with you. Consider his propensities towards injuries, why not just settle with him for the 1/$12 mil? Sure there’s a risk he may make a little more next year but at least protect yourself. It would be tough for him, or anyone to repeat what he did last year.

And if you are going to go beyong this year then why not really go strong and buy out a FA year or two?

oz10
4 years 5 months ago

He won’t sign past his arb years as he will only get one big contract. He is not like the younger guys that can afford to have 2 extra years signed for. He turns 30 this year making his first free agent year agent almost 32. sign off on 2 of those years and he is 34 and misses that 100 mil contract based strictly on how long people would sign him for.

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

I’d make like Roger Daltrey and call that a Bargain

4 years 5 months ago

great deal, good for Hamilton. For all those hamilton haters i suggest you read his autobiography “Beyond Belief” it was one of the best books ive ever read and its amazing what he went through.

Doc
4 years 5 months ago

You mean what he put himself through?

coup
4 years 5 months ago

Wow. Someone with an intelligent reply here. Much appreciated, Tyler. Thank you

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

JD did good. One less thing to worry about this season. Now to deal with the MY problem…

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 5 months ago

This thread is hilarious and I’m not going to make a paltry attempt to add to the hilarity, I’ll just say that if he stays healthy this is a fair contract and if not, the Rangers took a chance and sometimes that’s all you can do, is take a chance.

coup
4 years 5 months ago

It’s not hilarity. It’s called obnoxiousness. There is a huge difference. Unfortunately, there’s so much of the latter, on the internet especially, that it gets confused as something funny at times.

gmenfan
4 years 5 months ago

See what kind of a cramp this puts in Jose Bautista’s arbitration case.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

I doubt Jbau forgoes any years of free agency for a 2 year deal.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

This is a huge win for the Rangers, Hamilton has a great bat and makes Nelson Cruz better with plate protection, they should of locked him up for more years though, like a 5 year deal at around the same AAV, he will only be more expensive barring any injury.

seanb1223
4 years 5 months ago

How does Hamilton provide Cruz with protection? Cruz bats after him.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

He meant after the game. He protects him when they are hanging out. White guys with afros are scary, beleive it or not.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Fair to say Hamilton tops the list as current five tool players in the game? I can’t think of anyone ahead of him.

coup
4 years 5 months ago

Of course there’s CarGo. But can’t go wrong with either choice it seems to me.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

You win

vtadave
4 years 5 months ago

..and about the same as Antonio Cromartie’s and Evander Holyfield’s baby mamas.

55saveslives
4 years 5 months ago

You sure? How bout 8 million less than Barry Zito and same as Aaron Rowand :(

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

More like AA and ultimately Wells win.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

Looks like he picked the right day to quit amphetamines.

kevmill21
4 years 5 months ago

hah, good call

55saveslives
4 years 5 months ago

True….Renteria earned 9 mill per HR in the world series.

4 years 5 months ago

no need to be a jacka$$. read it then come talk to me. it proves the worst can happen to some of the best people.

BattingThird_Number34
4 years 5 months ago

He quit those things?

BattingThird_Number34
4 years 5 months ago

…and everyone knows you pay Renteria to hit homers in the world series.