The Texas Rangers are working to hammer out a contract extension for superstar slugger Josh Hamilton, but they admit their odds aren't good. Team president Nolan Ryan says he expects Hamilton to become a free agent at the end of this season, according to MLB.com.
"It's hard to predict what will happen, things just have to play out," Ryan said. "I think Josh would like to stay in Arlington, he's very comfortable here and his family is very comfortable here. We're certainly hoping we can work a deal out.
"I think they're probably of the mindset to go through the season, see what happens and see what the market is."
Hamilton, 30, is currently playing out the second year of a two-year contract in Texas. He's making $13.75 million this season -- he's likely earning himself a huge raise with an MVP-caliber year so far in 2012. Hamilton leads the American League in batting average (.399), on-base percentage (.452), slugging percentage (.826), home runs (18) and runs batted in (45).
While his contract situation remains a giant issue for the Rangers, Hamilton insists that off-field matters won't distract him from producing on the field for the rest of this season.
"No, not at all," he said. "Even if I wasn't having a good year, I wouldn't be worried about free agency. I'm under contract to the Rangers. God will have me where he wants me next year, whether it's [with the Rangers] or somewhere else."