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Rangers hope to extend Hamilton before Opening Day

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09:40 AM ET 01.28 | With Prince Fielder off the market it would seem like Jon Daniels and the Rangers front office would have the majority of their attention focused on getting a long-term deal done with Josh Hamilton. On Friday, Daniels, the Rangers general manager, said there have been talks with Hamilton's representatives and those conversations will continue with the hopes of something being finalized by the start of the regular season.

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January 28, 2012  10:10 AM ET

I wouldn't want to sign him very long. He's been kinda fragile the last couple of years. That kind if thing doesn't generally get better with age.

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January 28, 2012  10:27 AM ET

He would look great in Pinstripes, we would just add him to our Walking Wounded List!!!

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January 28, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wouldn't want to sign him very long. He's been kinda fragile the last couple of years. That kind if thing doesn't generally get better with age.

hmmm ... just a couple of freak accidents from playing hard ... not that it won't happen again, but I'm against most long term contracts anyway ... anything over 5 years just seems silly, but that's just mho ...

January 28, 2012  12:09 PM ET

The Rangers have a lot of players they need to "shore up" with contracts, Napoli, Kinsler, Andrus and Cruz ... the sooner they get Josh locked up, the sooner they can start on the others.

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January 28, 2012  02:05 PM ET

the rangers are a very soft team, when its about signning a player, they should know much better who in reality really deserves a better contract and who doesn't deserved at all, in this case hamilton can't be demanding or be assking a long term deal, neither a two years deal, neither one year deal, if i was the rangers GM i would give him a one year minor league deal, and would bring him up to the majors unless he has proved me that he itsn't longer a injuried-prone player, when he its able to play in the field for the team at least 158 games without any unjuried time, then we may or could talk about a one year deal in the majors untill then we could have a better approach concerning the contract issues,

January 28, 2012  02:12 PM ET

napoli has a better imput for the team, why can't the rangers acknowledge that? because he its a new player in the rangers roster? perhaps hamilton was better player back in the past but not anymore, from hamilton only his name its big but the player remains smaller than the player itself,the pitcher holland has better options but yeah the rangers are refusing to pay him a little more, it seems as if the player has a poor season gets pay better than the one who had better season, can somebody explain that to me? hamilton at top priority player?that's way too dumb to say the least, in the reality hamilton it should be the last player to being signed because he can't guarantee nobody a better season, but he surely can guarantee bad season and that's nothing but the truth!!!

January 28, 2012  02:18 PM ET

when the GM makes the wrong deals, its usssually when the GM has some type of big friendship with that specific player, or the owners are more attach to that player even if the player can't contribute as he use to do it in the past, the rangers owners have to wake up and accept the reality this player its more like a ghost from the past nothing else,,,,,,,

January 28, 2012  02:43 PM ET

either way, if the rangers give hamilton 5 years deal will be WRONG, if the rangers give him 2 years deal, will be WRONG, best thing to do?? just sign him to a minor league contract, straight like that without any questions!!!!

January 28, 2012  02:45 PM ET
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Priority list for the Rangers1. Neftali Feliz (potential ace)2. Elvis Andrus3. Ian Kinslerdistant 4. anyone else, ogando, holland, napoli,

can the rangers be fair to their own players in terms of offering them a good deals?? doubtfull!!!

January 28, 2012  04:49 PM ET

At the press conference to introduce Yu Darvish and his signing, it was reported in the local papers that Josh Hamilton was sitting in the first row of the audience right next to Rangers co-majority owner Bob Simpson. Soon after, when the Rangers were still negotiating with Prince Fielder, Simpson publicly stated that he preferred re-signing Hamilton than signing Fielder. That worries me when you hear of a majority owner buddying up with one of the players and publicly stating his choice of one player over another. Last thing the D-FW area needs is another meddling owner, like Jerry Jones, interfering with personnel decisions and signings.

January 28, 2012  05:22 PM ET
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At the press conference to introduce Yu Darvish and his signing, it was reported in the local papers that Josh Hamilton was sitting in the first row of the audience right next to Rangers co-majority owner Bob Simpson. Soon after, when the Rangers were still negotiating with Prince Fielder, Simpson publicly stated that he preferred re-signing Hamilton than signing Fielder. That worries me when you hear of a majority owner buddying up with one of the players and publicly stating his choice of one player over another. Last thing the D-FW area needs is another meddling owner, like Jerry Jones, interfering with personnel decisions and signings.

Are you saying you'd prefer Fielder to Hamilton?

January 28, 2012  06:18 PM ET
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Are you saying you'd prefer Fielder to Hamilton?

No, not choosing sides on that. What I am saying that is that personnel decisions on Texas Ranger players should be left up to Jon Daniels, exactly what he was hired to do, and not be influenced by ANY one player snuggling up to either of the two moneybags of the ownership group, Bob Simpson and/or Ray Davis.

January 28, 2012  07:47 PM ET
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Bob Simpson and/or Ray Davis.

the two are nothing but crooks to his own players,,,

January 28, 2012  07:50 PM ET

the rangers aren't serious when it has to do business with the right players, hamilton? he its long gone as a top hitter, much lesser as a power hitter he switch his level, from top power hitter he moved to major injuried-prone!!

January 28, 2012  07:51 PM ET

the money its available but can the right brain make the right deals?

January 28, 2012  07:52 PM ET

the team can't complain about the players rather they should focus to make the wise move in the rotation and the outfield/infield!!

 
January 28, 2012  07:54 PM ET

did the rangers would had have better options with fielder in their lineup than hamilton? 99% better and with hamilton 1% better, it is what it is nothing else!!

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