Originally Posted by Brutus
Still, if it were true the Rangers didn't want him back at any cost, they'd not take a chance on this. There's no risk because $13 million for Hamilton is a bargain, not because there's no chance of him accepting.
Even if the Rangers didn't want him back at any price, they could still give him the qualifying offer, have him accept, and trade him for a whole bunch of prospects.
It is still possible the Rangers had no desire in having him back.