Free-agent center fielder Josh Hamilton remains on the market, and his future seems as uncertain as it did in the early days of the offseason. However, FoxSports.com speculates that the slugger ultimately will re-sign with the Texas Rangers. Earlier this week, there was a report that the Philadelphia Phillies offered Hamilton a three-year contract worth about $80 million. And the Seattle Mariners also remain in the hunt. However, FoxSports.com reports Hamilton and the Rangers have remained in contact, and he will give the team an opportunity to match any offer he gets elsewhere. Hamilton, 31, has spent the past five seasons with Texas, winning the AL MVP Award in 2010 and being named to five consecutive All-Star teams. Injuries have been a problem during that span, but Hamilton played in 148 games this past season. He hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs. With the Rangers missing out on aces Zack Greinke and James Shields in recent days and with outfielder Justin Upton apparently off the trade market, the Rangers are running short of impact options for their roster. Thus, the need to re-sign Hamilton has increased. And there has been a mutual desire for a reunion since the day Hamilton became a free agent. Hamilton has stated on numerous occasions that his first choice would be to return to the Rangers, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels have expressed a desire to make that happen. "My feelings about Josh haven't changed from Day 1," Daniels told the team's website. "I think we have been consistent. We want Josh back and always have. It has nothing to do with who is still on the market and who is off the market. We've maintained communication and the relationship is good. We'd still like to work something out but I can't handicap it."
Josh Hamilton free agency 2013: Rangers, Mariners, Phillies in the mix
Sporting News | Dec 13