A rather weighty title for this post, I realize. While browsing the Rangers website, I came across this mailbag section dealing with Hamilton’s future in Texas. As the writer states, locking up Hamilton long term is likely a priority for the Rangers. Its not an immediate concern, as Hamilton isn’t eligible for free agency for another 4 seasons. The writer says the Rangers would likely be looking to lock him up for those 4 years, and possibly another 1 or 2 seasons beyond that. This isn’t based on any rumours or anything concrete – its just a Texas beat writer speculating about what is a likely scenario.
In my perfect world, Hamilton gets traded to the Blue Jays. I know that’s not likely to happen, but a little bit further down in the article someone asks about trading Michael Young & Laird to the Jays for some pitching help (one of the Jays depth areas), so I’m going to keep my delusions for just a bit longer. It would likely make collecting his cards easier, as TO seems to be a bit of a hobby black hole – at least for anyone not wearing Leafs duds. In my ‘not perfect, but I can tolerate it’ world, Hamilton finishes his career without playing for either the Yankees or Red Sox. They are great teams, but I just have a hard time cheering for them.