The Texas Rangers announced two minor league contracts on Tuesday afternoon. The first was former Rangers’ star outfielder, Josh Hamilton. Hamilton’s contract contains an opt-out clause for April 1st, as well as a $535,000 salary if he makes the major league roster out of spring training, however, he is still owed $28.41 million through 2017.
Hamilton did not play last season, and hasn’t slugged over .450 since 2012, a season in which he won a Silver Slugger award. Since then, he has played just 290 games hitting just 39 home runs in 1199 PA’s. His home run percentage fell to 3.25% all the way down from 6.761%. This marks an astounding 51.9% difference.
His main competition will be Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields Jr. Joey Gallo and Travis Snider. Gallo seems to be in the most danger as they are both left-handed, however Hamilton will have to play exceptionally well to earn a spot.
Dillon Gee, a native of Cleburne, TX, which is 47 miles from Arlington, will earn $2 million for making the roster with an additional $1 million in incentives. He will compete for a rotation spot, however he could theoretically serve in a long-relief capacity, as he did in Kansas City last season. He will have two opt-out dates, the first coming on 3/29 and the second on 6/1.
It will be an uphill battle for Gee to earn a spot in Texas. The Rangers brought in two new starters in Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross to add onto an already strong rotation including Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish and Martin Perez. Gee’s main competition for the long relief spot will be A.J. Griffin, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Martinez and Rule Five Pick Mike Hauschild. If Ross is unable to start the season for Texas, his chances will increase.null