Tell Me All Your Thoughts on Josh

Source: Tim Heitman – US Presswire

A couple of days ago, an interesting tweet popped up on my timeline:

Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenESPNxm) – “Thad Levine, TX AGM, denied they have a limit of 3 yrs for any offer for Josh Hamilton and said only the Rangers & Mike Moye his agent know.”

** Bowden also believes that Texas is still Hamilton’s best fit for sustaining the rest of whatever career he’s capable of having at age 31.

I think it’s interesting that Levine came out denied the three year cap on the years offered. Many agree with the premise of a short term deal for two or three years, but I feel that Texas would be willing to go for four with an optional fifth year if the competition stacked up as such. He is not totally irreplaceable, but it would certainly be hard to accomplish the feat. That being said, the hiring of Dave Magadan presents an issue that prevents me from firmly being on the re-sign bandwagon – plate discipline.

Brian Kenny, analyst on MLB Network and firm believer in deep stats painting a more complete picture of a player, put Josh through his “shredder” to analyze what exactly the Rangers would need to replace. His average is fine and his OPS+ is good enough for an everyday centerfielder. He came to an interesting conclusion that directly relates to Magadan – he said that Josh’s plate discipline has to change in order for him to truly warrant his price. In the beginning of the season, he was seeing beach balls and then pitchers finally realized that they could keep pitching him away and he’d still chase, even though that resulted in many cringe worthy strike outs on minimal pitches.

If/When the financial side of negotiations gets resolved, the questions move on to the relationship between Josh & Magadan. If Josh comes back, would Magadan be able to get through to him and help prevent a spell of going 9-43 over 10 games with 18 K’s? How would Magadan react to a game in which Josh goes 0-4 while only seeing 8 pitches his entire time on offense? Does anyone else think Josh may need glasses?

I ask you, the fans, now – Do you think it’s possible to reach Josh? Is he capable of relinquishing control when needed and listening to Magadan?

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  • Eric Reining

    It looks to me that the Rangers are doing the same thing with Josh as they did last year with C.J. Wilson. The Texas front office are masters of deception, so whether they choose to say there’s a 3-year or 5-year or 10-year cap is irrelevant.

    If nothing else, they want to make sure whomever does sign him is going to be paying a hefty price — the same price tag he wants the Rangers to pay.

    At this stage of his career, we know who Josh Hamilton is. He’ll go through stretches where he looks like the best player in baseball, and then he’ll juxtapose that by playing at a replacement-level. No hitting coach on earth can cure Hamilton’s resistance to taking walks; it’s just not something he does.

    Madigan will be good for the younger Texas hitters, whether it’s Jurickson Profar or Mike Olt or Leonys Martin, but it should be fairly evident at this stage that the marriage between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton has met its conclusion, so whether Madigan could theoretically help Hamilton doesn’t matter.