Free-agents can start signing tomorrow, and the Rangers have made a qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton for one year at a $13.3 million salary. They do not expect him to take it.
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams can make a qualifying offer — the average of the previous year’s top 125 free-agent salaries — to any impending free agent. This year’s number is $13.3 million. The player can either accept the one-year deal or decline. If the player declines, he can still re-sign with the team at a different price. Should the player sign with another team, however, the team that lost the free agent receives a compensation pick made between the first and second rounds by reverse order of winning percentage and the signing team loses its first-round pick.–texasrangers.com
They DID NOT do this with Mike Napoli. It looks like they are still interested in him, but won’t pay him $13.3 million to stay with the club.
On the pitching side, the Rangers are going to move Alexi Ogando back to the starting rotation, while Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz will start the 2013 season on the DL. That puts Ogando in with Darvish, Harrison, and Holland. There is talk the Rangers will pursue Zack Greinke from the Angels, although the Angels would love to keep Greinke.
Here’s my list of free-agents the Rangers absolutely cannot pick up, NO. MATTER. WHAT.
1. Nick Swisher
2. A.J. Pierzynski
These two might be deal breakers for me. I can’t see how I would ever be able to root for a Ranger team with one of these guys on it. Is it possible to root for the rest of the team to do well while you want one (or possibly two) guys to fail miserably? I don’t know. I just hope the Rangers don’t put me into that position.
Back to Hamilton. Word is, he might go to the Brewers because he has a good relationship with their hitting coach Johnny Narron. However, the Brewers may not have the money to pay Hamilton what he’ll probably be looking for. Other teams that have been mentioned are the yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Cubs, Astros, and Mariners.
Earlier this week, the Rangers claimed Konrad Schmidt off waivers from the Diamondbacks. He will provide the team with some depth at catcher in Triple-A.
Finally, the team declined their options on Scott Feldman and Yoshi Tateyama allowing them to be free-agents. I don’t think either of them, particularly Feldman, will be back next year. Amish Ranger fans will not be happy.