Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers talk as they walk out to the field after Hamilton struck out to end the bottom of the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during the American League Wild Card playoff game.
Mike Adams' thoughts on a national baseball radio show this week pretty much tell you everything you need to know as to why the Texas Rangers have had it with embattled slugger Josh Hamilton, as he enters this winter as a free agent after five seasons in Texas.
Even though Rangers GM Jon Daniels has hinted at the fact that the Rangers will not want to offer Adams, a free agent himself, anymore than a one-year deal as the 34-year-old is coming off thoracic outlet surgery, Adams talked about Hamilton's free agency case pretty candidly.
Adams said the team had a constant struggle with Hamilton, wondering which version of the former AL MVP would show up on any given night.
"Josh is a special talent and sometimes you have to let Josh figure it out himself," Adams told "Inside Pitch" on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio. "He's a different guy sometimes. Every day you hope that Josh comes to the ballpark, shows up and plays like Josh Hamilton.
"Sometimes he shows up and you don't know which Josh is going to show up at the ballpark. It's nothing to be negative about toward Josh; that's just the way it is. That's what you get with Josh."
That isn't good enough, not for a club that has yearly aspirations of winning a world title, and not good enough to command the 7-year, $175 million deal Hamilton is apparently seeking in free agency.