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02/03/2012

A question - Would YOU re-sign Josh Hamilton?

Josh-hamiltonBy 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.

Would you?

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Comments

Gofrogs38

Yes. 3 for $20 mil sounds great. I like that better then 5 or 6 years.

Mandy

Absolutely re-sign him. The club knows full well about his problems, but they seem more than willing to work with that. Not sure many other teams would be willing to take the risk. Either way, he's a great player, a positive influence in the locker room, and a fan favorite. Keep him, let him retire in a Rangers uniform.

Diego

You sign players. I don't love the economics of baseball but yeah, I'd sign him. "Play Ball"!

Jesus

I would sign him only because he will perform when hurt just look at the world series, most players would have been out of the line up. He has earned a three year deal maybe four but that may be pushing it.

Brandon

Yes re-sign him. It was a relapse. Would you want to have to face him on another team..? Didn't think so. He is a great hitter and fielder. He will get it under control and continue to be a great player. Without a doubt, no question, re-sign him!!

Sara

Josh Hamilton is one of the best players in baseball and this relapse should not define or dictate his future with the Rangers. Obviously, Josh made a mistake but if he recommits to his sobriety and does what he does best on the field this year, there is no reason not to sign him to a 3 or 4 year deal.

Robert

Yes

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Absolutely NOT!!! Bill James has a hundred years of statistics showing the drop-off for players starting at 32 years old, the list is ENDLESS. There are exceptions, of course, but add in the fact of the damage Josh did to his body with YEARS of Crack and Alcohol, and his repeated disabled list periods, and you have a recipe for disaster if you sign him long term. If it is MY money, it is SAYONARA, Josh...but if it is the RANGERS money, by all means do what it takes. I love the way he plays hard. I just wish he would play SMART...quit running into walls, sliding head first, and swinging at slow curve balls way out of the strike zone. With good plate discipline, the guy could hit .375 with 50 HR and 150 RBI every year. Too bad he is not smart enough to see this, though. He has proven he is not very smart, for the last 10 years.

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