There is joy in Arlington, mighty Josh-y has signed on.
There will be no Valentines Day arbitration case. The Rangers and Josh Hamilton have agreed on a 2-year, $24 million dollar contract.
The signing means there will also be no potentially contentious arbitration case to worry about next year, giving the club and Hamilton a longer window to sign a long-term deal before he becomes eligible for free agency following the 2012 season.
This one’s a win-win for both Hamilton and the Rangers. Hamilton gets a hefty dose of financial security for the next two years. The Rangers, meanwhile, can see if Hamilton can have two good seasons in a row before discussing a four year or longer deal.
Once again, the Rangers have everyone signed before Spring Training, with no arbitration hearings. Now if a certain DH/Super Utility infielder can just be happy (or at least accepting of current realities), we can all go to Arizona in a positive frame of mind.