|Could Josh Hamilton return to Texas? (US Presswire)|
While there seemed to be some bad blood between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton near the end of the season, the team hasn't ruled out bringing back the free-agent outfielder, general manager Jon Daniels told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
Daniels said he's maintained a "dialogue" with Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye, and the team "would welcome Josh Hamilton back."
"I think he wants to be here and I think those are two big elements, but like any deal or situation, there are a number of other factors involved," Daniels told Durrett. "We've just chosen not to comment on it. But we've been consistent all along: We'd like to have Josh back."
After the season, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan criticized Hamilton's decision to quit smokeless tobacco during the season. Hamilton, who tried to quit smokeless tobacco in late June, blamed his struggles at the plate on what he initially called a "discipline" issue and then later revealed was his attempt at quitting tobacco. He also missed five games in September for blurred vision and balance issues, which he blamed on caffeine.
Hamilton, 31, hit just .259/.323/.510 with 16 homers in the second half of the season after hitting .308/.380/.635 with 27 home runs in the first half.