The Texas Rangers reportedly will not offer Josh Hamilton a contract offer before the free agent period begins.
That doesn't necessarily mean he won't end up as a Ranger, but if the price is not right then there are reasons to let Hamilton go.
Overall, Hamilton had a tremendous year, hitting .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI.
However, Hamilton's strikeouts dramatically increased from 93 in 2011 to 162 in 2012. He hasn't played in more than 150 games since 2008, and his finish to the 2012 season was less than stellar.
Combine that with the fact that Hamilton will turn 32 at the beginning of next season and that leaves the Rangers with real concerns.
From the Rangers perspective, the next best hitter to Hamilton in free agency is Melky Cabrera. Therefore, some team will throw a major deal at him.
We all saw the Angels give Albert Pujols an enormous contract last offseason. We also saw Pujols' runs, home runs, average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage drop from last season at the age of 32. He still had a good year, but is it worth the money?
The Rangers may look at the contract Hamilton is looking for and say it isn't a valuable signing.