Josh Hamilton will test open market, while NL East needs outfielders

Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is eligible to be a free agent this winter.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Texas will not offer Hamilton a new deal before letting him hit free agency and test the market.

“Rangers people see little point in making an offer they know he won’t accept now, say people familiar with their thinking,” Heyman says. “They’d be happy to sign him back, but apparently only at their price and contract length.”

Heyman believes the Rangers do not intend to offer Hamilton more than a four-year deal, knowing the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers and unlikely to pursue him.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Despite having a GM looking for power, I still think there is little-to-no chance the Mets sign Hamilton, either because they only have $10 million or so to spend this winter or because of concerns about the player’s age or living in New York City.

That said, the Nationals, Braves and Phillies will also supposedly be looking for help in  the outfield this winter, and if Hamilton’s price dips in to that four- or five-year range, I have to think these teams might get involved… as will the Angels. In fact, I had one baseball insider predict that Hamilton and Torri Hunter could easily end up swapping teams next season.