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The Rangers are allowing Josh Hamilton to test free agency before making him a contract offer. That runs the risk that the All-Star outfielder won't be back in Texas next season. But it also allows the Rangers to see whether Hamilton will be offered a long-term deal that they might not want to match, given his durability and health issues over the past few seasons. Would you want Hamilton on your favorite team?
On Wednesday, "First Take" brought in special guest Tony La Russa to discuss long-term deals in baseball. The Rangers have a decision to make about Josh Hamilton, and potentially could lock him up for many years to come. La Russa said he wouldn't give more than a five- or six-year deal to a player of any caliber, citing the Angels' 10-year deal with Albert Pujols as one that was not worth the risk. Both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless agreed. What's your take?
Nolan Ryan can say pretty much whatever he wants when he's talking about baseball, and evidently he thinks Josh Hamilton gives away too many at-bats. He might have a point -- Hamilton's having a good season, but his .290/.357/.592 line could use a lot more in the "getting-on-base" department. This could be just a motivational tool by Ryan, who no doubt has bad memories of his otherwise-excellent team losing its edge in the last minute in the 2011 World Series. Is he right?