Rangers Make Josh Hamilton Qualifying Offer

The Rangers extended a qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The free agent outfielder now has one week to accept or decline the offer. Mike Napoli did not get a qualifying offer from Texas.

If Hamilton accepts, he’ll earn $13.3MM on a one-year deal in 2013. Assuming he declines, he’ll be linked to draft pick compensation in free agency — his new team will have to surrender a top selection to sign him. Napoli won't be linked to draft pick compensation, which should help his free agent stock. Hamilton ranks second on MLBTR’s list of top 50 free agents while Napoli ranks 14th.

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  1. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Bit surprising they didn’t offer Napoli a qualifying offer. Wouldn’t think he would accept it because he is still pretty valuable. He can play catcher a couple times a week, 1B rest, and still hit 30 hr with a solid obp, even if he did accept it, throw in $4M and he instantly become a pretty good trade chip.. It certainly helps his stock quite a bit.

    • Konrad Verloc 3 years ago

      Napoli is the guy I want them to resign on offense.

    • unvme7 3 years ago

      he hit 224 with below avg defense. he would’ve accepted the offer. why offer almost 14m to him when you could get him cheaper, or even go after a russell martin.

  2. dc21892 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind Boston going after Hamilton on a high average annual salary deal for a short period of years. They have a protected pick in the first round so they really wouldn’t lose out on much. Probably wont happen, but he can help win now without ruining the future if its on short years.

    • unvme7 3 years ago

      for a short period of years? if thats all it took, he would stay with the rangers. hes looking for 7/175 range.

  3. Astromariner 3 years ago

    Come on down to the other Texas team, Napoli.

  4. Kevin Swords 3 years ago

    This is a formality that provides no indication of the Rangers’ intentions of signing Hamilton–short-term or long-term.

  5. Konrad Verloc 3 years ago

    Don’t worry, he will.

  6. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Yep. Hamilton is guaranteed to get more than $13.3M on the free agent market. No matter what their intentions are he was a lock to be offered arb.

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