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Rangers hope the third time is a charm as they bring back Josh Hamilton

Aug 15, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Rays 12-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 15, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Rays 12-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers, who announced Tuesday that they have signed him to a minor-league deal.

Back at the ballpark & Hamilton made an appearance for the media & said that he's clear for all baseball activities again. pic.twitter.com/owY9ExSKBx

— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) January 17, 2017

Hamilton, 35, didn't play at all during the 2016 season while rehabbing from left knee surgery. He was released by the Rangers last August.

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After his trade from the Angels to the Rangers in April of 2015, Hamilton hit .253/.291/.441 with eight homers, eight doubles and 25 RBI in 50 games.

Hamilton was an All-Star with Texas in each season from 2008-2012 -- hitting .305/.363/.549 with 142 homers and 506 RBI during that span and earning AL MVP honors in 2010. He signed a five-year, $125 million free-agent deal with the Angels after the 2012 season, though he lasted only two seasons in Los Angeles.

If Josh Hamilton makes #Rangers roster, he will make MLB minimum while still enjoying last year of five-year, $125 million deal with Angels.

— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 17, 2017

In an effort to stay healthy, Hamilton could make the move from the outfield to first base this season. The Rangers have a need there (and at DH) after losing Mitch Moreland and Carlos Beltran to free agency. However, it remains to be seen how much -- if anything -- Hamilton can contribute offensively and defensively.

Josh Hamilton worked with Lance Berkman about moving from outfield to first base. Hamilton says first is his best bet for staying healthy.

— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 17, 2017

Beset by substance-abuse problems early in his career after being the first overall pick by the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999, Hamilton has been sidelined by numerous injuries in the past three seasons.