Kimmel to Hamilton: Don't go to Yankees

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 7:01 PM

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton used his day off on Monday to be a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Hollywood. The eight-minute segment quickly turned to talks about his contract.

"Obviously you want to have a great season as an individual, even more so as a team," Hamilton said. "The last three years have been a lot of fun."

Kimmel then asked him about the importance of having a great season as an individual when it's your free agent year. "It always helps," Hamilton replied.

Hamilton currently leads the Major Leagues with 42 home runs and is tied for the RBI lead with Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

He said actor and film director Casey Affleck has bought the rights to his life story, which still needs a final chapter.

"It’s very crazy," Hamilton said. "I let my wife and everyone else handle that."

Asked who would play the lead role in that movie, Hamilton was coy. "Oh man, I can't reveal that," he said.

Hamilton will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The last time there were any kind of contract talks between him and Texas was after he hit those four home runs against Baltimore in May.

Since then, both sides have agreed to pick up those talks at the end of the year.

"I would like you to not go to the Yankees... that's all I would like," Kimmel told Hamilton amid cheers from the crowd. "You can go anywhere you want. I think it would be nice if you stayed in Texas if that works out."

"I would like you to go to the Mets," Kimmel added. "Would you do that for me? Would you commit to the Mets right now, potentially costing you $30 or $40 million?"

Hamilton’s decision won't be taken lightly. He closed by telling Kimmel, "Just so you know, this was a lot more fun that Letterman was."

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