Five-time All-Star Josh Hamilton said that he wants to stay with the Rangers after what could be his final game in a Rangers uniform. He went 0-for-4 and struck out twice, and was booed after his final at-bat in the eighth inning.
Hamilton, who becomes a free agent five days after the end of the World Series, said that the Rangers will get the first chance to negotiate with him and will get to match an offer before he accepts it. He said the chances that he will be back are 50-50.
"I would love to stay here," he said after the Rangers' 5-1 loss to Baltimore in the wild-card game. "They know that and understand that. I told them I'd give them the first shot. We'll see what happens. I loved the last five years playing with these guys."
Hamilton was booed more and more after each at-bat. He grounded into a double play in the first inning after the Rangers opened with runners at first and third. He struck out looking in the third, tapped back to the mound in the sixth and struck out in the eighth. He saw eight pitches.
"You hate to have it happen in possibly your last game ever here, but I gave my all every time I went out there," Hamilton said. "Hopefully, they appreciated it more than they did [tonight]."
He said the thought of possibly having his final at-bat ran through his mind in the eighth inning, but he hasn't had much of an opportunity to think about what might happens.
"I haven't thought too much about it because it ended so abruptly," he said. "It's one of those things where you go home, spend some time with the family, figure out what's going on and enjoy them right now and not think about what's going to transpire later on."
-- Jeff Wilson