Texas Rangers Make Offer to OF Josh Hamilton
The Texas Rangers have made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, ensuring them draft-pick compensation is the outfielder decides to sign with another team.
Hamilton has until next Friday to decide. Texas declined to make a similar offer to catcher Mike Napoli.
"We'd like to have Mike back, but not at that predetermined figure," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I don't want to say anything disparaging about the guy. He has been a big part of our club for the past couple of years and we would like to have him back. But we just didn't want to start the offseason making that investment at that amount of money. We have a budget and there are a number of things that we want to do."
Napoli made $9.4 million last season. A salary of $13.3 million would have made him the third-highest-paid catcher in baseball behind Joe Mauer ($23 million annually) and Yadier Molina ($15 million annually).
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, hit a career-high 43 homers and drove in 128 runs for the Rangers this season