Divorcing Josh Hamilton Was Exactly What the Rangers Needed to Do

Shortly after Rangers general manager Jon Daniels swapped erratic right-hander Edinson Volquez and reliever Danny Herrera for Josh Hamilton five years ago, I placed seemingly unrealistic expectations on the troubled outfielder.

"He has the potential to be the best center fielder in Rangers' history and could even replace Michael Young as the face of the franchise," I wrote about a month after Texas agreed to the trade with Cincinnati, which one year earlier had purchased Hamilton from the Chicago Cubs for a measly $50,000.

Just two months into the 2008 season, I was convinced Hamilton had already earned both labels, after watching him destroy American League pitching and regularly display Gold Glove-caliber defense in the outfield.

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Sam Merten
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