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Rangers meet with Josh Hamilton’s agent

Apr 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Now that the Rangers have locked up Ian Kinsler to a long-term deal a new contract for Josh Hamilton could be next on the agenda, or at least that’s the speculation after general manager Jon Daniels and owner Bob Simpson met with Hamilton’s agent yesterday.

Previous reports have suggested that Hamilton’s injury history and off-field issues have soured the Rangers on making a long-term commitment to the 30-year-old impending free agent, but the two sides are at least interested enough to have a meeting.

Hamilton told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram that he wasn’t sure how the meeting went or what was discussed, but he’s recently taken some subtle shots at the team for trying to “get as much out of me as they can before they get rid of me.”

Wilson reports that the Rangers have changed their usual stance of not negotiating during the season as long as talks stay private, which is perhaps why Hamilton is saying he has no idea what went on during the meeting.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Sign him to a long term deal but have a clause in the contract loosely based on the Prima Nocta Clause in Braveheart. Tell Josh that he has to play nice with his sobriety manager throughout the year but come January 2nd, he and his real manager Ron can have all the cocaine and hookers they want for a fortnight. TLR can be the bartender. It will be easy to get him, he will still be in a blackout and wont know the difference.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      You’re an idiot.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Was it the prima nocta reference?

    • stex52 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      No, nothing that complicated. Just idiocy.

  2. dodger88 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Assuming both hit the market this fall, it should be interesting to see how Hamilton and Ethier make out. Both have had injuries, each is no on the wrong side of 30 and while Hamilton has had significant off-field issues Either has proven to be moody as hell. As such, 3-4 years for either would make a lot of sense but I suspect each may find at least one team each willing to do more thanks to the lack of free agent options. Perhaps not Werth studpid but a contract that is nonetheless too long for both of these guys.

  3. storebrandcookies - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I’m a big fan of Hamilton, but the first thing that comes to mind is can he stay healthy. Seeing this as his contract year he going to put forth 150% everyday. You might see him play though minor injuries that he hasn’t played in the past with. If I were Jon Daniels I would give nothing more than a two-year deal slightly better than the one he has now. Anything over two years is just pushing it for me.

    • rpb1234 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      That is nice in theory. You just need Hamilton to agree. If the Rangers do not pony-up the $$$, someone else will.

  4. towniesman - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    josh my red sox will pay you silly money

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