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Josh Hamilton won’t discuss extension during the season

Jan 14, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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If the Rangers want to luck up outfielder Josh Hamilton, they better get the wheels in motion.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 30-year-old slugger has informed the club’s higher-ups that he will not negotiate a long-term contract extension during the season — spring training included. So if the Rangers can’t sign him to a deal within the next month, they will have to wait until the fall and risk him hitting the open market.

Hamilton is entering the final season of a two-year, $24 million contract that he signed in February 2011.

The 2010 American League MVP hit .298/.346/.536 with 25 homers and 94 RBI in 121 games last season.

  1. fearlessleader - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I see that God told Josh to take a page from the Pujols/Lozano playbook.

    • marinersnate - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      Very good point. Shouldn’t you be out occupying something?

      • fearlessleader - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM

        …….?

      • paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        You see, Nate is under the impression that if you rip on hypocrites, then you must be part of the occupy movement…as opposed to say….people that don’t have anything else to do after losing their jobs to corporate greed and jobs shipped overseas.

  2. marzalmighty - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Fielder = Insurance

  3. The Baseball Gods - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Phillies 2013.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Fielder=insurance? Today’s statement is a result of fielder. Hamilton is currently thinking, “gee, they’re currently negotiating with fielder and they haven’t called me? Especially because I’ve played the last 2 years at half the market value”

    Remember the last star who’s team did negotiate a timely extension? He’s an angel today.

  5. dbldmr - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    $12 million per year is half market value? Josh is a terrific player…but injury prone. I know it will take more than $12 million, but I doubt that he’ll see twice that.

  6. Charles Gates - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Does a DL stint count as part of the season?

  7. bigdeal701 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    If the Rangers sign Darvish and Fielder they won’t keep Josh. I’m not so sure they will sign Fielder so they better get busy talking to Josh.

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