Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers plan to speak with AL MVP Josh Hamilton’s agent this winter about a long-term contract extension.
Like his NL MVP counterpart Joey Votto, Hamilton is arbitration eligible. He made $3.25 million in 2010, and would be due a big raise anyway. Though it’s increasingly common, there isn’t a massive amount of history of MVP winners going though arbitration, and the possibility exists Hamilton’s salary would go up pretty quickly. It makes sense the Rangers would want to avoid that and get some cost certainty — even if it’s high-cost — with respect to their best player. The biggest question is health, of course, but when healthy he’s among the best players in baseball.