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Rangers GM says the market for Josh Hamilton is “somewhat status quo”

Nov 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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General manager Jon Daniels reiterated yesterday that the Rangers are interested in re-signing Josh Hamilton under the right circumstances, but added that the former MVP’s current market is “somewhat status quo.”

So far at least most reports of teams being linked to Hamilton have been followed by reports–and sometimes even direct quotes–denying that interest, and there’s yet to be any speculation about a major offer being made to the 31-year-old free agent.

Daniels told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s “maintained dialogue” with Hamilton’s agent, adding: “I think the way that we have chosen to proceed here is that we’re not necessarily driving the timetable. There may come a time when we need to change that, but so far it’s been fine.”

In other words, the Rangers are content to sit back and wait for Hamilton’s true market to fully play out, at which point they can make a decision about whether he’s worth the price. Not jumping into the bidding war can be a dangerous tactic in some situations, but part of what makes Hamilton such an interesting free agent to track is that it’s possible the actual bidding war for him might be somewhat limited.

  1. pw38 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    I think Josh has seriously underestimated what his actions over the past year or so have done to his market value. Kinda sad but at the same time he made his bed, he can sleep in it. Good luck to whoever gets him.

    • stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Not like he is likely to starve. But I’m sure the appearance of being streaky and high maintenance emotionally makes teams think in terms of shorter windows and higher risks.

      He’ll end up doing okay. He may just not be as rich as he wanted to be. Heck, the Rangers already offered him 13.3 MM$ for one year.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Agreed, but I feel a little dirty being on the side of management — especially as I don’t seriously dislike Hamy and think he can still deliver.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Forgive me, Marvin Miller.

      • natstowngreg - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Not to mention being injury-prone.

        It’s not being on the side of management to recognize that Hamilton carries risks, and they affect his market value. Also, to recognize that his (and his agent’s) view of his value differs from that of the teams interested in signing him. Probably, by quite a bit.

        Besides, it’s still relatively early in the free agent market. Lots of time for the market for Hamilton’s market to mature.

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