During a press conference Tuesday, the Texas Rangers announced they agreed to re-sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal.
The former outfielder said he is clear for all baseball activities and should be ready for spring training.
The 35-year-old slugger missed the 2016 season following his third knee surgery in nine months. He was released by the Rangers in August.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Hamilton with the first overall pick of the 1999 MLB draft.
Hamilton then played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. On December 21, 2007, the Reds traded Hamilton to the Rangers for two players. Hamilton was named an All Star in each season with the Rangers from 2008-2012. Hamilton left the Rangers in 2012 as a free agent to join the Los Angeles Angels, racking up $125 million. In April 2015, the Angels traded Hamilton back to the Rangers.
MLB.com writer TR Sullivan says Hamilton is going to try and play first base.
Hamilton said he is going to try and play first base— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) January 17, 2017