Can Josh Hamilton go home again?
Hamilton ended the season under a dark cloud. He was booed in his final, futile at-bats as the Rangers lost control of the AL West and then the Wild Card game.
The enduring image is of Hamilton nonchalantly dropping a routine fly ball in Game 162 – the one that decided the AL West title.
As the season ended and Hamilton became a free agent, the prevailing vibe was that there was no way he was coming back to Texas. The fans, and perhaps even his own clubhouse, had grown tired of the persistent drama around Hamilton.
There was also a growing feeling among the fan base that Hamilton had quit on the Rangers at the end, and Hamilton's actions did little to refute that notion.
Fast forward to Tuesday and one of developing stories at the Winter Meetings was that the Rangers and Hamilton were close to agreeing on a contract. There were even reports that the two sides had agreed on a four-year deal.
The story lost some momentum by nightfall as there was little confirmation to the original reports. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he hadn't spoken to anyone in Hamilton's camp. Hamilton, who visited the meetings, later tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, presumably at the Nashville airport, with the caption, "Heading Home!"
The Rangers are notoriously tight-lipped about their biggest off-season moves, and re-signing Hamilton would be a whopper.
The story all along – the one that both sides acknowledge – is that Hamilton would test the market and then give the Rangers a chance to top the best offer.
Can Hamilton come home after last season?
Fox Sports Southwest | Dec 6