Teammates are already rallying around him, and saying it’s not about the money for him, and to that I say, yeah sure. I don’t blame him for wanting to make the best possible deal, but if it wasn’t about the money, a deal would have been done long ago.
If I’m the Rangers I don’t get caught up in the hoopla surrounding Hamilton’s recent heroics and make a reasonable offer.
What that is, is up for considerable debate, of course. I consulted with one management person this morning (not with the Rangers), and he suggested $100 million over five years. I consulted with one agent (not Hamilton’s agent) and he said about $25-to-30 million a year over seven-to-eight years provided there are many protections for Texas. He said, “Let him earn $250 million but he has to show up for work.’‘
I’d go in the middle. I’d say what’s reasonable is $144 million over six years with lots of protections for the team in case Hamilton slips up again. If he decides to go elsewhere for a longer deal and bigger bucks, well, that just reflects on him and his own decison-making ability.
Posted: May 09, 2012 at 01:02 PM | 63 comment(s)
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