Arguably most anticipated non-roster invitee is five-time All-Star Josh Hamilton. After missing all of the 2016 season Hamilton is back and ready to play in 2017. This time though it will be a first base.
Hamilton has not played a single game at first base during his entire career. The 35-year-old has injuries problems and is already a below average outfielder. Moving Hamilton to first base or DH is the best solution.
During his nine Major League seasons Hamilton is hitting .290/.349/.516 with 200 home runs and 701 RBI. Hamilton is a legitimate power threat and could be a steal for the Rangers. If he makes the roster he’ll earn the MLB minimum salary.
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Getting a former MVP for league minimum is huge, especially if Hamilton can still perform offensively. Hamilton has not played in over 100 games since 2013, but could be one of the biggest players to watch this spring.
Hamilton has the potential to be a huge steal for the Rangers. Most likely he’ll play DH with the Rangers offering James Loney a spring invite and signing first baseman Mike Napoli. Hamilton at first base just doesn’t seem like a good idea, especially when the team has better options.
Joey Gallo will be Hamilton’s main competition this spring. This could be Hamilton’s last shot at playing in the MLB. We’ll see what Hamilton can do this March.