By now everyone has heard that Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a re-lapse with alcohol at a Dallas bar this week. Any way you cut this, this sucks. More for Josh and his family. Addiction is addiction, and there are no winners.
There is never a good time to fall, but this timing is particularly poor. Hamilton is eligible to a free agent at the end of the season.
Over the last three years he has appeared in 89, 133 and 121 games respectively each season. When healthy, Hamilton is arguably one of the top three hitters in the game. He will turn 31 in May, so he should be in his "prime" for another few years.
The question for you, and anyone else is, would you re-sign him despite his history of drug and alcohol abuse?
Be realistic about the re-sign scenario. He's not taking a one-year, $20 million deal. Think three years minimum.
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