Rangers put Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Aug 24, 2016,
Aug 24, 2016, 6:41
By releasing Hamilton before September 1, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor league contract and promote him to the majors before May 15 of 2017. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes, releasing Hamilton has everything to do with making sure he can be an active player next season if he's indeed healthy.
Hamilton had been on the 60-day disabled list and has not played in a game this year. The Rangers released Josh Hamilton on Tuesday but he could be back next season.
The North Carolina native had his best years in Arlington after the Rangers acquired him from the Reds in 2007. He is still owed more than $20 million next season as part of the five-year, $114.5 million deal that he initially signed with the Los Angeles Angels prior to the 2013 season.
General manager Jon Daniels said during a conference call that the move had to be done before the end of August, otherwise Hamilton wouldn't have been able to play for the Rangers until after May 15 next year under Major League Baseball's contract rules. "Given the rules in place, releasing him before the end of this month allows us to keep the door open to extending the relationship in the future".
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Hamilton is still rehabilitating the knee.
Hamilton was a five time All-Star while with the Rangers and was the AL MVP in 2012.
In 50 games previous year, Hamilton hit.253 with 8 home runs and 25 RBI. That ended his season and it remains to be seen if Hamilton will surface again as a major league starter. AP material published by LongIsland.com, is done so with explicit permission. This includes the preparation of derivative works of, or the incorporation of such content into other works.