(ARLINGTON, Texas) — After just one playoff game, the Texas Rangers surprisingly find themselves out of the postseason after their loss to the Baltimore Orioles Friday night. The team is faced with many questions, but perhaps none bigger than the future of outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The All-Star outfielder is set to become a free agent once the World Series is over, and his future with the club is anything but certain. Hamilton is expected to fetch a huge free agent contract in both length and years.
“You hate to have it happen possibly the last game ever here, but at the same time, it’s one of those things,” Hamilton said after the loss. “I gave it my all every time I went out there. Hopefully, (fans) appreciated it more than they didn’t. I think they do. It’s one of those things, hey, we didn’t get a win, but you can’t win them all.”
After a scorching start to the season, Hamilton’s production at the plate slumped as the team fell out of the AL West lead. He went 0-4 in the Wild Card Game with two strikeouts.
Hamilton has been with the team since the start of the 2008 season. In 2012, he hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI.
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