Relapse robs Josh Hamilton of leverage

Slugger's addiction costly in regard to future with Rangers, who halt contract talks

Updated: February 3, 2012, 8:26 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton, wearing a black T-shirt and matching sweatpants, leaned back after delivering a 12-minute soliloquy about his latest relapse during his never-ending quest for sobriety.

"I am sorry it had to be this way," he said. "It would've been nice if it was talking about a contract, but we'll put that on the back burner for a while."

Hamilton and the Texas Rangers had been discussing the parameters of a new contract throughout the offseason.

Those discussions ...

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