Rangers make offer to Hamilton, decline on Napoli
The Rangers have made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Josh Hamilton but have declined to do so with catcher Mike Napoli.
The offer to Hamilton allows the Rangers to get draft pick compensation if he signs with another team. Hamilton could accept the offer and remain with the Rangers on a one-year deal but the club does not expect that happen. Hamilton has until next Friday to decide.
The Rangers still have interest in re-signing Napoli but weren’t interested in paying him $13.3 million if he accepted the offer. The Rangers will not receive compensation if Napoli signs with another team.
Hamilton is expected to fully test the free agent market in search of a multi-year contract at a salary of $20 million-plus annually. The Rangers have not ruled out the possibility of re-signing Hamilton but are unlikely to do so if it costs that much.