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Rangers blindsided by Hamilton call

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08:09 AM ET 12.14 | So much for a pleasant, drama-free Texas Rangers media luncheon on Thursday afternoon. That's when Texas general manager Jon Daniels ducked out of the banquet room at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and took a call from Mike Moye, Josh Hamilton's agent. Moye informed the club that Hamilton had agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He's leaving the Rangers after five seasons -- and leaving the club without a chance to make a final pitch, something they hoped would be the case. "This wasn't like restricted free agency in the NFL with an offer sheet," Daniels said. "I never expected he was going to tell us to the dollar what they had and a chance to offer it. Our full expectation was that the phone call was going to be before he signed, certainly not after."

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December 14, 2012  08:11 AM ET

It Hurst when da one you love leaves you!!!

December 14, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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It Hurst when da one you love leaves you!!!

Hurts, !

December 14, 2012  08:16 AM ET

This is what Daniels is really saying: "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh".

December 14, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Considering what the Rangers did for Josh Hamilton I can understand their disappointment that he did not offer them the expected opportunity to match/make a final offer.
Torii Hunter was right when he said "Business is business but don't lie".

December 14, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Obviously everyone in LA now has plenty of money to burn.

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December 14, 2012  08:38 AM ET

The Rangers had plenty of opportunity to sing Josh if they really wanted him. They are upset he left, too bad, they have no right to complain.

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December 14, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Obviously everyone in LA now has plenty of money to burn.

Anything over 2-3 years is a major risk - wonder if there are any "fall off the wagon" clauses in the contract.

Of course - this may not be a good day for me to be commenting on anything. I'm mad as a hornet and may be a little terse in some of my musings.

December 14, 2012  08:49 AM ET

By the way - was asked to be a friend of "Big Yank", anyone know of him? or is he/she new?

December 14, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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If the Rangers really wanted to keep Hamilton, they should have made him a strong offer.

My thoughts exactly. The way this went down, it conveyed the unequivocal impression that Daniels was pinching pennies.

December 14, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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The Rangers had plenty of opportunity to sing Josh if they really wanted him. They are upset he left, too bad, they have no right to complain.

you nailed it.

December 14, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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By the way - was asked to be a friend of "Big Yank", anyone know of him? or is he/she new?

He's new.

December 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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He's new.

I should add that he usually shows up in the evening.

December 14, 2012  08:55 AM ET

I think the Rangers won this signing. Hamilton is gone, but it's not their fault with the fans. The Rangers offered to match an offer if Hamilton called them. He didn't call them.

It's not much different than Saint Louis winning the Pujols signing. They made a good offer, he turned it down then they were able to breathe easier.

The Angels are backing themselves into a bad spot a few years in the future. Wilson and Pujols both have heavily back loaded deals.

December 14, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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He's new.

He is not new. He has been on these boards for half a dozen years. He first appeared as 26timesWC. Had a number of accounts banned.

Lives in Virginia Beach. Doesn't like Boston, and doesn't like people who like Boston.

I'm trying very hard to be nice... I've seen some very disturbing behavior through the years.

December 14, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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I think the Rangers won this signing. Hamilton is gone, but it's not their fault with the fans. The Rangers offered to match an offer if Hamilton called them. He didn't call them.It's not much different than Saint Louis winning the Pujols signing. They made a good offer, he turned it down then they were able to breathe easier. The Angels are backing themselves into a bad spot a few years in the future. Wilson and Pujols both have heavily back loaded deals.

Agree whole heartedly. It's the length of the contract that bothers me. 2-3 years with a couple of options for the club would have been more sane in my book. But - who knows - we don't know all the clauses in the contract.

 
December 14, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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He is not new. He has been on these boards for half a dozen years. He first appeared as 26timesWC. Had a number of accounts banned.Lives in Virginia Beach. Doesn't like Boston, and doesn't like people who like Boston.I'm trying very hard to be nice... I've seen some very disturbing behavior through the years.

Hopefully - you can "not like" others but be civil. That is part of what "civil"lization is suppose to be.

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