Rangers place Josh Hamilton on release waivers

The Texas Rangers activated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 60-day disabled list and then placed him on unconditional release waivers.

What It Means:

In June, Hamilton had surgery for an ACL injury, as well as to repair arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He is still owed $28.4 million for next season, but the Los Angeles Angels are responsible for covering most of that. Hamilton didn't appear in a single big league game this season -- he played in one minor league contest -- and will turn 36 years-old in May. He'll likely have trouble finding suitors on the free agent market.

Hamilton hasn't played more than 89 games in a season since 2013 and has slashed .260/.318/.423 since that season. This is down from a career line of .295/.354/.530 entering the 2014 season.